Freedom

Paperback | September 20, 2011

byJonathan Franzen

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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 eyes?

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.

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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...

JONATHAN FRANZEN is the author of four novels,The Twenty-Seventh City,Strong Motion,The Corrections, winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction, andFreedom; a collection of non-fiction,How to Be Alone; andThe Discomfort Zone, a memoir. He has been named one of theGranta20 Best Novelists Under 40 and is a frequent contributor to...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.44 inPublished:September 20, 2011Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781554688845

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