Proud to say that I read most of this book in a dorm room next to Webster Groves High School, where Jonathan Franzen went. I had no idea he grew up here until I finished the book and did some online research. I'm looking forward to reading "The 27th City" which is all about St. Louis. Besides that, I enjoyed "Freedom" a lot more than I thought I would. I picked it up as an effort to actually read something contemporary (I think I had just finished "Moby Dick"). I wish I could write with the successfully sarcastic and amusing voice Franzen does, or his ability to effortlessly weave an elaborate narrative. Blah blah blah, I liked it.