Discomfort Zone : A personal history

Author(s): Jonathan Franzen

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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. First published 2006.

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The Discomfort Zone is Franzen’s collection of personal history. If you loved The Corrections and Freedom, this book sheds some light on the authors background and really makes the other two books feel connected. Written in the same witty, smart, quick sense of humour and prose. Great read.

Alicia, The Book Grocer

General Fields

  • : 9780007234257
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Australia
  • : harperpr
  • : January 2007
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jonathan Franzen
  • : Paperback
  • : 195