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Freedom

A Novel

Jonathan Franzen

Picador

#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.

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The news about Walter Berglund wasn’t picked up locally—he and Patty had moved away to Washington two years earlier and meant nothing to St. Paul now—but the urban gentry of Ramsey Hill were not so loyal to their city as not to read the New York Times. According to a long and very unflattering story in the Times, Walter had made quite a mess of his professional life out there in the nation’s capital. His old neighbors had some difficulty reconciling the quotes about him in the Times (“arrogant,” “high-handed,” “ethically compromised”)

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Praise for Freedom

“A masterpiece of American fiction.” —The New York Times Book Review

“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.” —The New York Times

“A work of total genius.” —New York Magazine

“The Great American Novel.” —Esquire

“One of the best living American novelists.” —Time

“Epic.” —Vanity Fair

“Hugely ambitious . . . Freedom is very, very good.” —USA Today

“Brilliant . . . Epic . . . An extraordinary stylist.” —The Washington Post

“A surprisingly moving and even hopeful epic.” NPR

“Sweeping and powerful.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Consuming and extraordinarily moving.” —Los Angeles Times

“Immense and unforgettable.” —Chicago Tribune

“Devastatingly insightful.” —The Miami Herald

“A page turner that engages the mind.” —Newsday

“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.” —Associated Press

“Deeply moving and superbly crafted . . . It’s such a full novel, rich in description, broad in its reach and full of wry observations.” —Pittsburg Post-Gazette

“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.” —St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“A tour de force . . . one of the finest novelists of his generation.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A highly readable triumph of conventional realism . . . Addictive.” —The National

“The first Great American Novel of the post-Obama era.” —Telegraph (UK)

“A literary genius . . . This is simply on a different plane from other contemporary fiction . . . Freedom is the novel of the year, and the century.” —The Guardian (UK)

“A triumph . . . A pleasure to read.” —The New York Observer

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

In the Press

Work in Progress » Blog Archive » Jonathan Franzen: Comma-Then
Jonathan Franzen is the author of four novels (Freedom, The Corrections, Strong Motion, and The Twenty-Seventh City), a collection of essays (How to Be Alone), a personal history (The Discomfort Zone), and a translation of Frank Wed...
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Work in Progress » Blog Archive » Jonathan Franzen on Author Videos and the Novel
We are very excited about Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, his first novel since The Corrections. He recently stopped by our office to discuss the ideas behind his book, why reading is the opposite of multitasking, and how very odd it can be for authors to appear on video.
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Work in Progress » Blog Archive » How to Read a Novelist
Jonathan Franzen by John Freeman Last week in Work in Progress we brought you John Freeman's conversation with Jeffrey Eugenides as the first of an exclusive two-part preview of Freeman's How to Read a Novelist, his book of more than fifty author profiles coming from FSG Origina...
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jonathan Franzen

  • 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.
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Freedom

A Novel

Jonathan Franzen

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