The Discomfort Zone

Paperback | August 21, 2007

byJonathan Franzen

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The Discomfort Zone is Jonathan Franzen’s tale of growing up afraid of spiders, school dances, urinals, music teachers, boomerangs, popular girls and his parents. It’s also a portrait of a middle-class family weathering the turbulence of the 1970s, and a vivid personal history of the decades in which America turned away from its mid-century idealism and became a more polarized society. Whether he’s writing about the explosive dynamics of a Christian youth fellowship in the 1970s, the effects of Kafka’s fiction on his own protracted quest to lose his virginity or the web of connections between birdwatching, his all-consuming marriage and the problem of global warming, Franzen’s recounting of a mid-western youth and a New York adulthood is warmed by the same blend of comic scrutiny and affection that characterize his fiction. Funny, insightful and daringly honest, The Discomfort Zone is Jonathan Franzen at his most engaging.

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The Discomfort Zone is Jonathan Franzen’s tale of growing up afraid of spiders, school dances, urinals, music teachers, boomerangs, popular girls and his parents. It’s also a portrait of a middle-class family weathering the turbulence of the 1970s, and a vivid personal history of the decades in which America turned away from its mid-ce...

JONATHAN FRANZEN won the National Book Award for Fiction for The Corrections in 2001 and is the author of two other critically acclaimed novels, The Twenty- Seventh City and Strong Motion, and a collection of essays, How to Be Alone. He lives in New York City.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.52 inPublished:August 21, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0002554208

ISBN - 13:9780002554206

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"So expertly shaped and composed, so genuinely, organically thought-provoking." (New York Observer)