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Description - The Discomfort Zone by Jonathan Franzen

A brilliant personal history from the award-winning author of 'The Corrections'. Jonathan Franzen arrived late, and last, in a family of boys in Webster Groves, Missouri. 'The Discomfort Zone' is his intimate memoir of his growth from a 'small and fundamentally ridiculous person' through an adolescence both excruciating and strangely happy, into an adult with embarrassing and unexpected passions. It's also a portrait of a middle class family weathering the turbulence of the 1970s, and a vivid personal history of the decades in which America has taken an angry turn away from its mid-century ideals.

The stories told here draw on elements as varied as the effects of Kafka's fiction on Franzen's protracted quest to lose his virginity, the elaborate pranks that he and his friends orchestrated from the roof of his high school, his self-inflicted travails in selling his mother's house after her death, and the web of connections between his all-consuming marriage, the problem of global warming, and the life lessons to be learned in watching birds.

These chapters of a Midwestern youth and a New York adulthood are warmed by the same combination of comic scrutiny and unqualified affection that characterize Franzen's fiction, but here the main character is the author himself. Sparkling, daring, arrestingly honest, Franzen narrates the formation of a unique mind and heart in the crucible of an everyday American family.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780007234257
ISBN-10: 0007234252
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: HarperPerennial
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 2-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is the author of `The Twenty-Seventh City', `Strong Motion' and `The Corrections'. His fiction and non-fiction appear frequently in the New Yorker and Harper's, and he was named one of the best American novelists under forty by Granta and the New Yorker. He lives in New York City.

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