Jonathan Franzen

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Jonathan Franzen

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




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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3.71 avg rating — 119,313 ratings — published 2010 — 85 editions
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The Corrections

3.77 avg rating — 117,592 ratings — published 2001 — 116 editions
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3.58 avg rating — 19,362 ratings — published 2015 — 45 editions
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How to Be Alone

3.60 avg rating — 8,162 ratings — published 2002 — 37 editions
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The Discomfort Zone: A Pers...

3.39 avg rating — 4,543 ratings — published 2006 — 43 editions
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Strong Motion

3.51 avg rating — 3,826 ratings — published 1992 — 30 editions
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The Twenty-Seventh City

3.12 avg rating — 3,207 ratings — published 1988 — 35 editions
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Farther Away

3.60 avg rating — 2,578 ratings — published 2012 — 30 editions
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Selected Essays from: How t...

3.65 avg rating — 327 ratings — published 2002
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The Kraus Project: Essays b...

3.33 avg rating — 245 ratings — published 2013 — 14 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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