I really didn’t like The Corrections, so I approached this Franzen novel warily. I ended up liking it quite a bit. It also focuses on family dysfunction, but in more interesting ways, such as telling the story of the middle-class Berglunds from different viewpoints and voices, as well as timeframes. Freedom feels more developed and mature to me, especially because it also touches on environmental and corporate issues. Disillusioned Patty and buttoned-up Walter, with their children—money-seeking Joey and rule-abiding Jessica—are interesting characters on their own, but throw some roommates and neighbours into the mix, and things get even better.
Gwenamon says: Yes!