Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

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.

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Weight 894 g
Dimensions 159 × 38 × 242 mm
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Farrar Straus Giroux


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