The Corrections
by Jonathan Franzen

the correctionsComplex and fascinating story about a highly dysfunctional family trying to get together for Christmas.

First paragraph: The madness of an autumn prairie cold front coming through. You could feel it: something terrible was going to happen. The sun low in the sky, a minor light, a cooling star. Gust after gust of disorder.

Quotes from critics: “Large-hearted and merciless, The Corrections is a testament to the range an depth of pleasures great fiction affords” (author David Foster Wallace); “A literary masterpiece . . . thrilling, heartening, and inspiring about seeing life revealed so accurately, so transparently – and finally, so forgivingly . . . Dazzling” (O Magazine); “An energetic, brooding, open-hearted and funny novel” (The Washington Post); “By turns funny and corrosive, portentous and affecting” (The New York Times)

Bio: Born in 1959, Franzen writes for The New Yorker magazine and is the author of four novels, two collections of essays, and a personal history. He lives in New York City and Santa Cruz, California. His picture appeared on the cover of Time magazine with the headline “Great American Novelist.”

Award:  National Book Award

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