Strong Motion: A Novel
Louis Holland arrives in Boston in a spring of ecological upheaval (a rash of earthquakes on the North Shore) and odd luck: the first one kills his grandmother. Louis tries to maintain his independence, but falls in love with a Harvard seismologist whose discoveries about the earthquakes' cause complicate everything.
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eco-villainy, science, money and sex
There are plenty of rewards in here - great characters (not so much the Holland family members, but Renee and Stites and Lauren), interesting insights about romance and religion, and a tale of eco-villainy that seems melodramatic and absurd yet actually foreshadowed the current spate of reports connecting natural-gas fracking to earthquakes. If you loved The Corrections and Freedom, you'll at least like this one.
Jonathan Franzen is a great writer of mundane detail and this book contains some extraordinary descriptions of everyday occurrences. This book is nowhere near as good as the Corrections but it's not bad either. If you loved the Corrections it's probably worth a read.