Jonathan Franzen
Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
ISBN: 9780374919221
On 3 book lists
Mels Crouwel
Michael Rock

At once hilarious and pathetic. I prefer The Corrections slightly over Franzen’s Freedom. What both books accomplish is the superimposition of socioeconomic and familial politics, in that they are both highly political novels that take on and critique the dominant cultural logic of the moment. The trope of the large writ small is expertly handled and entirely woven into the plotting, which is complex and multivalent.

Stefan Sagmeister

The Big American Novel.

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