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Fourth Estate, 2011 - City and town life - 597 pages
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Patty and Walter Berglund were hands-on parents at the avant-garde of the whole foods generation. But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with a Republican family? Why is Walter working with Big Coal? And why has Patty become 'a very different kind of neighbour?'

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Well written and great character development. - LibraryThing
I found the writing tedious and uneven. - LibraryThing
Excellent audiobook selection - superior narration! - LibraryThing
The ending was a little disappointing. - LibraryThing
Jonathan Franzen is a good writer. - LibraryThing
SPOILER: i was blown away by the ending. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Cecilturtle - LibraryThing

I was tempted to give this novel 4 stars, but at over 500 pages, it really just is too long. Whereas I appreciate the character development, the different points of view, the seamless narrative, there ... Read full review

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User Review  - cattylj - LibraryThing

This book dragged a little for me, but it's Franzen so I knew it would going into it. (Sometimes it's like his whole goal is just to make you suffer.) It's preachy, snooty, and melodramatic. It paints ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Jonathan Franzen is the author of four other novels, most recently The Corrections and Freedom, and five works of nonfiction and translation, including Farther Away and The Kraus Project. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Künste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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