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The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History

Franzen, Jonathan

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This is a brilliant, award-winning memoir from the 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 insight into the decades in which America took 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 and arrestingly honest, Franzen narrates the formation of a unique mind and heart in the crucible of an everyday American family.

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year   The Discomfort Zone is Jonathan Franzen’s  tale of growing up, squirming in his own über-sensitive skin, from a “small and fundamentally ridiculous person,” into an adult with strong inconvenient passions. Whether he’s writing about the explosive dynamics of a Christian youth fellowship in the 1970s, the effects of Kafka’s fiction on his protracted quest to lose his virginity, or the web of connections between bird watching, his all-consuming marriage, and the problem of global warming, Franzen is always feelingly engaged with the world we live in now.  The Discomfort Zone is a wise, funny, and gorgeously written self-portrait by one of America’s finest writers.

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Jonathan Franzen is the author of four novels ( Freedom, The Corrections, Strong Motion, and The Twenty-Seventh City), two collections of essays ( Farther Away, How to Be Alone), a personal history ( The Discomfort Zone), and a translation of Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening, all published by FSG. He lives in New York City and Santa Cruz, California.

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