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Freedom: A Novel Cover Image

Jonathan Franzen’s FREEDOM (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $28) takes on many subjects, but at its heart it’s the story of an American family living in the first part of the 21st century.  Walter and Patty Berglund seem like a typical young Minneapolis couple.  She’s a former college basketball star and he’s dedicated his career to environmental pursuits.  When their son Joey becomes involved with the girl next door and her family, though, Patty’s behavior grows erratic. Then Walter signs on with a bird sanctuary that is actually a front for mountaintop mining, and he’s vilified in the local press.  These are just the jumping off points for Franzen and his ambitious and far-reaching exploration of the American family at this point in history.

- Mark L.
Freedom: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312576462
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Picador - September 27th, 2011


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