Freedom – Jonathan Franzen

I just finished it and I’m having serious book withdrawal!  It was a world I did not want to leave behind, even after all 562 pages. His earlier work, The Corrections, was on my best-ever list but this one topped it. The story follows the Berglund family and their good friends, lovers and neighbours across a few decades, right up to the Obama era.  It was unnerving the way I recognized these people, even saw myself in them to the point of discomfort at times. (Oh no, that’s what I do!) I was taken deeply into a into a tangle of complex relationships, politics and emotion, but left with a satisfying, but unpredictable resolution. If you like dense, brilliant writing, highly perceptive social commentary and astounding insight into urban family life and people’s behaviour, you might love this book as well. (submitted by LC)

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