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Jonathan Franzen's work includes four novels (The Twenty-Seventh City, Strong Motion, The Corrections, Freedom), two collections of essays (Farther Away, How To Be Alone), a memoir (The Discomfort Zone), and, most recently, The Kraus Project. He is recognised as one of the best American writers of our age and has won many awards. He lives in New York City and Santa Cruz, California.

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When Patty and Walter Berglund's teenage son moves in with their conservative neighbors and their perfect life in St. Paul begins to unravel, out spill family secrets-clandestine loves, lies, compromises, failures. David Ledoux's masterly narration is powerful and well paced, comic and poignant. He expertly captures Walter and Patty-with her anxious whinny of a laugh-and their family life with its satisfactions and histrionics. Ledoux also deftly renders the gossiping of the Berglund's disingenuous neighbors; the frenetic rants of the drug-addled Eliza; and the weary, disaffected drawl of sleazy musician Richard. A Farrar, Straus, and Giroux hardcover (Reviews, July 5). (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

'Stupendous, magnificent, unforgettable, witty and rich. A great American novel is unmistakably what Freedom is' Spectator

'A masterpiece. Franzen skewers the particularity of modern life and love like no one else. If you are free to live as you choose, he asks, who else can you blame when it goes wrong?' Daily Telegraph

'Writing in prose that dazzles, Franzen has now written the two novels that best define modern America' Independent on Sunday

'Extraordinary ... it is first troubling, then addictive - and then, with mounting satisfaction, convinces you this is simply on a different plane from other contemporary fiction' Guardian

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