The Oprah Show, a beloved piece of daytime television has entered its final season. She has spent the better part of 25 years interviewing celebrities, giving away millions, and inspiring countless people.
Jonathan Franzen has spent almost the same amount of time writing literary fiction. His first title, The Twenty-Seventh City, was published in 1988, followed by a string of other including The Corrections (nominated for a National Book Award in 2001).
Winfrey and Franzen have not had an incredibly jovial past. The Corrections was selected as an Oprah’s Book Club pick in 2001 and while most authors would be grateful in having their work endorsed by such icon, Franzen reportedly was “uncomfortable” and didn’t want a “logo of corporate ownership” on his book cover.
Freedom is a buzz bonanza about a middle-aged woman who reflects upon her ordinary suburban existence, unsure of what has become of her life. Ultimately it delves into human emotion, family dysfunction, and the façade that humans put up. As Publisher’s Weekly puts it, “”Franzen pits his excavation of the cracks in the nuclear family’s facade against a backdrop of all-American faults and fissures, but where the book stands apart is that, no longer content merely to record the breakdown, Franzen tries to account for his often stridently unlikable characters and find where they (and we) went wrong, arriving at—incredibly—genuine hope.”
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Lindsey Levinsohn is a collection development specialist for OverDrive.