Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
The Lamberts - Enid and Alfred and their three grown-up children - are a troubled family living in a troubled age. Alfred is slowly losing his mind to Parkinson's disease. As his condition worsens, and the Lamberts are forced to face the secrets and failures that haunt them, Enid sets her heart on gathering everyone together for one last family Christmas. First published 2001.
Winner of the National Book Award
Winner of James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Fiction) 2002. Shortlisted for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2003.
'A book which is funny, moving, generous, brutal and intelligent, and which poses the ultimate question, what life is for -- and that is as much as anyone could ask.' Blake Morrison, GUARDIAN'For anyone who has ever found themselves guiltily yearning for an Anne Tyler while in the middle of an Updike or Wolfe. The Lamberts are utterly believable, and once they have all told their stories you can't help but sympathise with them. Be prepared to be moved.' Laurence Phelan, INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY'Compelling. A pleasure from beginning to end. Franzen, in one leap, has put himself into the league of Updike & Roth. That's why there is so much excitement about it.' David Sexton, EVENING STANDARD'A novel of outstanding sympathy, wit, moral intelligence and pathos, a family saga told with stylistic brio and psychological and political insight. No British novelist is currently writing at this pitch.' Jeremy Treglowen, FINANCIAL TIMES'Impossible to dislike, an unpretentious page-turner.' Zadie Smith, GUARDIAN Books of the Year'The Corrections is a wonderful book. Every page simmers with wit, close observation and intelligence. Franzen has delivered as wounding and thoughtful an indictment of contemporary existence as it is possible to make.' John Burnside, SCOTSMAN'As good as anything I've ever read.' Rachel Cusk, DAILY TELGRAPH Books of the Year
Jonathan Franzen was born in 1959 and graduated from Swarthmore College. He has lived in Boston, Spain, New York, Colorado Springs and Philadelphia. His previous novels are The Twenty-Seventh City (1988) and Strong Motion (1992). How to be Alone, a collection of Franzen's non fiction will be published in October 2002.