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 — 103,308 ratings — published 2010 — 74 editions
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The Corrections
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How to Be Alone
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The Discomfort Zone: A Pers...
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Strong Motion
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The Twenty-Seventh City
3.11 of 5 stars 3.11 avg rating — 2,617 ratings — published 1988 — 32 editions
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Farther Away
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Selected Essays from: How t...
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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

“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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