Freedom (Paperback)

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#1 National Bestseller

Winner of the John Gardner Fiction Award

A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

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 Walter and Patty Berglund 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 is the author of three novels--The Corrections, The Twenty-Seventh City, and Strong Motion--and two works of nonfiction, How to Be Alone and The Discomfort Zone, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He lives in New York City and Santa Cruz, California.

Praise for Freedom…

A masterpiece of American fiction.

Mr. Franzen has written his most deeply felt novel yet--a novel that turns out to be both a compelling biography of a dysfunctional family and an indelible portrait of our times.

A work of total genius.

The Great American Novel.

One of the best living American novelists.


Hugely ambitious . . . Freedom is very, very good.

Brilliant . . . Epic . . . An extraordinary stylist.

A surprisingly moving and even hopeful epic.

Sweeping and powerful.

Consuming and extraordinarily moving.

Immense and unforgettable.

Devastatingly insightful.

A page turner that engages the mind.

It's refreshing to see a novelist who wants to engage the questions of our time in the tradition of 20th-century greats like John Steinbeck and Sinclair Lewis . . . [This] is a book you'll still be thinking about long after you've finished reading it.

Deeply moving and superbly crafted . . . It's such a full novel, rich in description, broad in its reach and full of wry observations.

His writing is so gorgeous . . . Franzen is one of those exceptional writers whose works define an era and a generation, and his books demand to be read.

A tour de force . . . one of the finest novelists of his generation.

A highly readable triumph of conventional realism . . . Addictive.

The first Great American Novel of the post-Obama era.

A literary genius . . . This is simply on a different plane from other contemporary fiction . . . Freedom is the novel of the year, and the century.

A triumph . . . A pleasure to read.

Exhilarating . . . Gripping . . . Moving . . . On a level with The Great Gatsby [and] Gone With the Wind.

Product Details ISBN-10: 0312576463
ISBN-13: 9780312576462
Published: Picador, 09/27/2011
Pages: 608
Language: English