Light Years Light Years question

Influence on Franzen
William William Jun 03, 2017 08:59AM
Is it just me, or does the Berland family in Salter's "Light Years" have an eerie resemblance to the Berglund family in Franzen's "Freedom"?

The whole time I couldn't stop thinking about how the Patty Berglund character in "Freedom" reminded me of Nedra Berland. Was this intentional? Do writers play off of each other like this?

Then again, Salter's characters are explorations of types as much as they are of individuals so the similarities may be just that - coincidental.

But, am I wrong? am I wrong?

I had the same thought.

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