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-outré 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 street's attentive
In this instant #1 bestselling novel, Jonathan Franzen charts
the mistakes and joys of these intensely realized characters as
they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world.
An epic of contemporary love and marriage, Freedom is a
deeply moving portrait of our time.