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Freedom

Freedom

  • Title: Freedom
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  • ISBN : 9780374158460
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 562 pages


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 neighbor, 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 wit 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 neighbor, 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, total 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 outr rocker and Walter s college best friend and rival still doing in the picture Most of all, what has happened to Patty Why has the bright star of Barrier Street become a very different kind of neighbor, 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 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 characters as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time jacket


Author Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is the author of The Corrections, winner of the 2001 National Book Award for fiction the novels The Twenty Seventh City and Strong Motion and two works of nonfiction, How to Be Alone and The Discomfort Zone, all published by FSG His fourth novel, Freedom, was published in the fall of 2010.Franzen s other honors include a 1988 Whiting Writers Award, Granta s Best Of Young Ameri




Freedom Reviews (31)

  • I read Freedom the week before Christmas What was I thinking Did I want a bleak, almost sullen, portrayal of America in the new century And not a complete one, either, but limited to privileged white people Why didn t I just sit on the couch, get drunk, and watch Salt and Easy A [..]

  • Update 9 23 Jonathan Franzen was in town doing a reading signing last night, and after listening to him talk, I m officially backing off of theory 1 below He does not seem like a douche bag, at all In fact, despite all the Oprah hoopla Which he described as a fiasco, not because of anything that he [..]

  • Here s the thing about this book I was really expecting to enjoy it I say that for two reasons The first is The Corrections Not the book itself, which is still quietly residing on my shelf, waiting for its day in the sun Nay, I speak of the buzz You see, I know people And a lot of those people read [..]

  • Okay, so earlier this summer I was waiting to see The National play Prospect Park Of course you were, Jessica. but bear with me, that s my point , and I sent a text message to the guy who d given me the tickets, thanking him again and observing that White People don t LIKE seeing The Nationa [..]

  • This book hoovers you into its world from the first page and before you know what s what you ve missed your bus stop and you are into it But there are problems Yes I will tell you about some of them You would expect no less of me.I was reading along with the main character Patty Berglund s au [..]

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