The Discomfort Zone (CD-Audio)

A Personal History

By Jonathan Franzen

HighBridge Company, 9781598870541

Publication Date: August 28, 2006

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (8/27/2006)
Paperback (8/21/2007)
Hardcover (9/5/2006)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (9/1/2008)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (9/1/2008)

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The Discomfort Zone is Franzen's memoir of growth from his boyhood as a "small and fundamentally ridiculous person," through an adolescence both excruciating and strangely happy, into an adult with embarrassing and unexpected passions. It's also a portrait of a Midwestern middle-class family weathering the turbulence of the 1970s and a vivid personal history of an America turning its back on a certain idealism.

Daring, honest, and written with the comic scrutiny and unqualified affection that marks Franzen's fiction, The Discomfort Zone tells of the formation of one young mind in the crucible of an everyday American family.

About the Author

Jonathan Franzen is the author of numerous books, among them The Twenty-Seventh City, How to Be Alone, and the hugely successful The Corrections, winner of the National Book Award. He lives in New York City.