Jonathan Franzen’s new novel “Freedom” (It’s about time!) was officially released today, and we couldn’t be happier. Franzen’s fourth novel is rumored to be very similar to 2001’s “The Corrections,” so the Book Reading and Review Division of the Independent News and Media and Newspaper Empire may be adding the title to our list of Top 5 Novels of all Time. (“The Corrections” is #3.) We can’t wait to find out.
From Michiko Kakutani’s New York Times book review:
“Jonathan Franzen’s galvanic new novel, “Freedom,” showcases his impressive literary toolkit — every essential storytelling skill, plus plenty of bells and whistles — and his ability to throw open a big, Updikean picture window on American middle-class life. With this book, he’s not only created an unforgettable family, he’s also completed his own transformation from a sharp-elbowed, apocalyptic satirist focused on sending up the socio-economic-political plight of this country into a kind of 19th-century realist concerned with the public and private lives of his characters.”
Read the rest of the review here.