From the Publisher
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, 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 -- outrÃ© 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
neighbour," an implacable Fury coming unhinged before the
streetâ€™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 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.
About the Author
Jonathan Franzen was born in Western Springs, Illinois, in 1959, but grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, near St. Louis. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1981, and went on to study at the Freie University in Berlin as a Fulbright scholar. Franzen worked in a seismology lab at Harvard University's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences after graduation. In addition to winning a Whiting Writers' Award in 1988 and the American Academy's Berlin Prize in 2000, he has been named one of "Twenty Writers for the 21st Century" by The New Yorker and one of the "Best Young American Novelists" by Granta. Mr. Franzen is the author of "The Twenty-Seventh City," published in 1988, and "Strong Motion," published in 1992, and is a frequent contributor to Harper's and The New Yorker.
Published: August 23, 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1554688833
ISBN - 13: 9781554688838