Freedom: a Novel

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Macmillan Audio
Pub. Date:
2010
Language:
English
Description

From the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections, a darkly comedic novel about family.
Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul-the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter-environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man-she was doing her small part to build a better world.
But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? What exactly is Richard Katz-outré rocker and Walter's college best friend and rival-still doing in the picture? Most of all, what has happened to Patty? Why has the bright star of Barrier Street become "a very different kind of neighbor," an implacable Fury coming unhinged before the street's attentive eyes?
In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom's intensely realized characters as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

Also in This Series
More Like This
More Copies In Prospector
Loading Prospector Copies...
More Details
ISBN:
9781427210500
9781427210494
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work IDb3a8e59a-a001-31f9-e84f-a0195e4f27b8
Grouping Titlefreedom
Grouping Authorjonathan franzen
Grouping Categorybook
Grouping LanguageEnglish (eng)
Last Grouping Update2022-12-06 03:40:40AM
Last Indexed2022-12-06 04:05:40AM

Solr Fields

accelerated_reader_point_value
0
accelerated_reader_reading_level
0
auth_author2
Ledoux, David
author
Franzen, Jonathan
author2-role
Ledoux, David
hoopla digital
author_display
Franzen, Jonathan
available_at_aurora
Central
detailed_location_aurora
Central
display_description

From the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections, a darkly comedic novel about family.
Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul-the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter-environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man-she was doing her small part to build a better world.
But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? What exactly is Richard Katz-outré rocker and Walter's college best friend and rival-still doing in the picture? Most of all, what has happened to Patty? Why has the bright star of Barrier Street become "a very different kind of neighbor," an implacable Fury coming unhinged before the street's attentive eyes?
In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom's intensely realized characters as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

format_aurora
Book on CD
eAudiobook
format_category_aurora
Audio Books
eBook
id
b3a8e59a-a001-31f9-e84f-a0195e4f27b8
isbn
9781427210494
9781427210500
itype_aurora
Audiobook CD
last_indexed
2022-12-06T11:05:40.005Z
lexile_score
-1
literary_form
Fiction
literary_form_full
Fiction
local_callnumber_aurora
COMPACT DISC Franzen, J.
owning_library_aurora
Aurora Public Library
owning_location_aurora
Central
primary_isbn
9781427210500
publishDate
2010
publisher
Macmillan Audio
recordtype
grouped_work
subject_facet
Audiobooks
City and town life -- Minnesota -- Fiction
DIGITAL COMPACT DISC
Environmentalists -- United States -- Fiction
Husband and wife -- Fiction
Husband and wife -- Minnesota -- Fiction
Middle class families -- Fiction
Minnesota -- Fiction
title_display
Freedom: a Novel
title_full
Freedom / Jonathan Franzen; read by David Ledoux
Freedom [electronic resource] Franzen, Jonathan.
Freedom: a Novel
title_short
Freedom: a Novel
topic_facet
City and town life
Environmentalists
Fiction
Husband and wife
Literature
Middle class families

Solr Details Tables

item_details

Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent URLDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocation
hoopla:MWT13550777Online Hoopla CollectionOnline HooplaeAudiobookAudio Books1falsetrueHooplahttps://www.hoopladigital.com/title/13550777?utm_source=MARCAvailable Online
ils:.b16590430.i21527209CentralCOMPACT DISC Franzen, J.1falsefalseAvailableJan 04, 2020cenav
overdrive:c1ca2501-91c8-4c0a-89c0-befcfe479008-1Online OverDrive CollectionOnline OverDriveeAudiobookAudio Books1falsetrueOverDriveAvailable Online

record_details

Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical DescriptionAbridged
hoopla:MWT13550777eAudiobookAudio BooksUnabridgedEnglishMacmillan Audio20101 online resource (1 audio file (24hr., 14 min.)) : digital.
ils:.b16590430Book on CDAudio BooksUnabridgedEnglishMacmillan Audio201019 sound discs (25 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
overdrive:c1ca2501-91c8-4c0a-89c0-befcfe479008eAudiobookAudio BooksEnglishMacmillan Audio2010

scoping_details_aurora

Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
hoopla:MWT13550777Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruefalsefalsefalsefalse
ils:.b16590430.i21527209On ShelfAvailablefalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue0, 1, 3, 20, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11
overdrive:c1ca2501-91c8-4c0a-89c0-befcfe479008-1Available OnlineAvailable Onlinefalsetruetruefalsefalsefalse