Freedom Book

The new novel from the author of The Corrections.Read More

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    Winner of the Galaxy Book Awards International Author of the Year 2010 ; ; The new novel from the author of The Corrections. Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers the hands-on parents the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbour who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer commuter cyclist family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world. But now in the new millennium the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? What exactly is Richard Katz - outre rocker and Walter's old college friend and rival - still doing in the picture? Most of all what has happened to poor Patty? Why has the bright star of Barrier Street become "a very different kind of neighbour " an implacable Fury coming unhinged before the street's attentive eyes? In his first novel since The Corrections Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage.Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of too much liberty: the thrills of teenage lust the shaken compromises of middle age the wages of suburban sprawl the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom's intensely realized characters as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

  • TheBookPeople

    The new novel from Jonathan Franzen that earned him the title of International Author of the Year at the Galaxy Book Awards 2010, Freedom brilliantly captures the temptation of too much liberty. Galaxy National Book Awards International Author of the Year 2010.

  • 0007269757
  • 9780007269754
  • Jonathan Franzen
  • 23 September 2010
  • Fourth Estate
  • Hardcover (Book)
  • 570

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