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The critically acclaimed second novel from the author of 'The Corrections'. / The brilliant and bold second novel from Jonathan Franzen. / 'The Corrections' was winner of the National Book Award in 2001 and has sold over 250,000 copies in the UK alone. / 'The Corrections' was a New York Times No.1 Bestseller. / Competition: David Foster Wallace; Don DeLillo; John Updike; Philip Roth

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Jonathan Franzen's work includes four novels (The Twenty-Seventh City, Strong Motion, The Corrections, Freedom), two collections of essays (Farther Away, How To Be Alone), a memoir (The Discomfort Zone), and, most recently, The Kraus Project. He is recognised as one of the best American writers of our age and has won many awards. He lives in New York City and Santa Cruz, California.


An earthquake that 23-year-old Louis Holland doesn't even feel shakes the Boston area and sets in motion a chain of events in this multilayered, metaphor-studded novel with a love story at its core. After Louis's step-grandmother is the quake's only fatality, his mother inherits millions in stock of chemical company Sweeting-Aldren, and Louis meets seismologist Renee Seitchek, who shares her bed and her theory with him. When tremors continue in the Northeast, scientists study fault lines, a fundamentalist anti-abortion minister credits God's wrath, and Renee suggests ``induced seismicity'' from Sweeting-Aldren's longtime secret pumping of industrial wastes into a deep well. Franzen ( The Twenty-Seventh City , LJ 11/1/88) may push an occasional metaphor too far, but distractions fade in the face of fine characterizations in a context of science grounded in history with well-integrated social messages and a subtext of the Boston Red Sox breaking fans' hearts. Impressive.-- Michele Leber, Fairfax Cty. P.L., Va.

'By sheer force of his imaginative writing and his unsheathed views of American life, Franzen succeeds in joining together a love story, a family story, and a corporate-cum-environmental story!Distinctly original.' The New York Times 'No doubt about it: Jonathan Franzen is one of the most extraordinary writers around.' Newsweek 'Ingeniously put together!His ear for American vernacular is flawless!His gift for description has a kinetic immediacy.' The Seattle Times 'Bold, layered!an elaborate construct, with the stuff of several books crammed into one!An affirmation of Franzen's fierce imagination and distinctive seriocomic voice.' New York Times Book Review

Debates over women's reproductive rights and environmental disasters rattle the lives of young lovers in Boston in Franzen's ( The Twenty-Seventh City ) second intellectual thriller. (Apr.)

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