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Fourth Estate, 2011 - City and town life - 597 pages
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'Deeper, funnier, sadder and truer than a work of fiction has any right to be' Independent on Sunday

'Both a page-turner and a work of art ... an almost perfectly written novel' Evening Standard

This is the story of the Berglunds, their son Joey, their daughter Jessica and their friend Richard Katz. It is about how we use and abuse our freedom; about the beginning and ending of love; teenage lust; the unexpectedness of adult life; why we compete with our friends; how we betray those closest to us; and why things almost never work out as they 'should'. It is a story about the human heart, and what it leads us to do to ourselves and each other.

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Tolstoy said that every unhappy family is unhappy in their own way. That being so, Jonathan Franzen has taken children from two unhappy families (Walter & Patty), married them and then produced an ... Read full review

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This was not a book that kept me turning pages, and I thought it would be. It's a story about people and all their human traits. Some reviewers on various sites have said the characters weren't ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Jonathan Franzen is the author of four other novels, including The Corrections, Freedom and Purity, 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 K nste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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