Jonathan Franzen

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Jonathan Franzen

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in Chicago, Illinois, The United States
August 17, 1959

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Jonathan Franzen is the author of The Corrections, winner of the 2001 National Book Award for fiction; the novels The Twenty-Seventh City and Strong Motion; and two works of nonfiction, How to Be Alone and The Discomfort Zone, all published by FSG. His fourth novel, Freedom, was published in the fall of 2010.

Franzen's other honors include a 1988 Whiting Writers' Award, Granta's Best Of Young American Novelists (1996), the Salon Book Award (2001), the New York Times Best Books of the Year (2001), and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (2002).

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Freedom
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 108,366 ratings — published 2010 — 78 editions
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The Corrections
3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 104,499 ratings — published 2001 — 110 editions
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How to Be Alone
3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 7,413 ratings — published 2002 — 35 editions
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The Discomfort Zone: A Pers...
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Strong Motion
3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 3,302 ratings — published 1992 — 29 editions
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The Twenty-Seventh City
3.1 of 5 stars 3.10 avg rating — 2,821 ratings — published 1988 — 33 editions
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Farther Away
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 2,188 ratings — published 2012 — 26 editions
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Selected Essays from: How t...
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3.27 of 5 stars 3.27 avg rating — 199 ratings — published 2013 — 12 editions
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Purity
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 88 ratings — expected publication 2015 — 12 editions
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“How wrong to have been so negative, how wrong to have been so gloomy, how wrong to have run away from life, how wrong to have said no, again and again, instead of yes.”
Jonathan Franzen

“Nice people don't necessarily fall in love with nice people.”
Jonathan Franzen, Freedom

“Depression presents itself as a realism regarding the rottenness of the world in general and the rottenness of your life in particular. But the realism is merely a mask for depression's actual essence, which is an overwhelming estrangement from humanity. The more persuaded you are of your unique access to the rottenness, the more afraid you become of engaging with the world; and the less you engage with the world, the more perfidiously happy-faced the rest of humanity seems for continuing to engage with it.”
Jonathan Franzen, How to Be Alone

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