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Understanding Jonathan Franzen

The first comprehensive study to address Franzen's work to date

Jonathan Franzen is a critical darling, commercial success, and magnet for controversy. His third novel, The Corrections (2000), was selected for Oprah's book club, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and won the National Book Award. Love him or hate him, the publication of each new novel is a literary event. In Understanding Jonathan Franzen, Timothy W. Galow studies Franzen's first five novels plus his most recent, Crossroads, which was published to much fanfare in 2021. He opens with the Oprah controversy and goes on to unpack the author's ambivalent relationship to his status within the "Theory Generation" of 1980s college-graduates-turned-writers and the postmodern threads that run throughout his work. Galow examines why Franzen's stories of (white, bourgeois) American life have inspired and provoked readers for over two decades.

About the Author

Timothy W. Galow is professor of English at Carroll University. He is author of Understanding Dave Eggers.

Reviews

"Perhaps no other contemporary American author elicits such pronounced responses as Franzen, but in this illuminating study, Timothy W. Galow accessibly and deftly argues for us to separate the public persona of Franzen from the complexity of his fiction. Focusing on the major novels of Franzen's career, Galow charts the layered and aesthetically nuanced work of a novelist fascinated by falsity, binaries, and changing socioeconomic patterns in American society."—Paul Gagliardi, Marquette University

"Understanding John Franzen is a road map for those who want to learn about Franzen's life and his highly controversial characters. Galow provides summaries and offers discussion of The 27th Century, Strong Motion, The Correction, Freedom, and Purity that question literary stereotypes and recurrent themes found in Franzen's novels. I have no doubt readers will be entertained by this must-read glimpse into Franzen and his life through Galow's detailed and entertaining story."—Dolores Greenawalt, Carroll University

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