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