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The city of Boston is being rattled by earthquakes and rocked by anti-abortion protests when Louis Holland meets Renee Seitchek. Louis is an angry member of the Nowhere Generation; Renee is a passionate and embittered seismologist seven years his senior. Their love-hate love affair has scarcely begun when Renee begins to wonder: Could the earthquakes have a human cause? Jonathan Franzen, author of the acclaimed Twenty-Seventh City and The Corrections, has created an intoxicating, provocative vision of a society divided against itself and catastrophically at odds with nature.

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"Unfortunately, the dichotomies between romance and science, abortion and the environment are unresolved, and the self-pity in Louis's nihilism as he rails against mother, father, sister, the world, and himself makes him a cold and distant protagonist. A brooding tale of personal responsibility and dangerous legacies that's ambitious and impressive but finally overreaches itself." Kirkus Reviews

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"No doubt about it: Jonathan Franzen is one of the most extraordinary writers around." Laura Shapiro, Newsweek

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"Ingeniously put together....His ear for American vernacular is flawless....His gift for description has a kinetic immediacy....One of the best writers under forty at work in this country." Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times

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"By sheer force of his imaginative writing and his unsheathed views of American life, Mr. Franzen succeeds in joining together a love story, a family story, and a corporate-cum-environmental story....Distinctly original." Herbert Mitgang, The New York Times

Review:

"Populous, ambitious, expansive...Franzen has courage...[and] is a writer of abundant energies." Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post

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"[Franzen] tries for, and achieves, more than all but two or three in the successor generation to Pynchon and DeLillo. He may well be one of the successors." Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times Book Review

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"Franzen may push an occasional metaphor too far, but distractions fade in the face of fine characterizations in a context of science grounded in history with well-integrated social messages and a subtext of the Boston Red Sox breaking fans' hearts. Impressive." Library Journal

Synopsis:

A suspenseful, complex novel dealing with the issues of our day — environmental pollution, religious fundamentalism, abortion, and the threat of apocalypse. It is also a tender and fresh love story — a story of betrayal and redemption — from the author of The Twenty-Seventh City.

Synopsis:

Louis Holland arrives in Boston in a spring of ecological upheaval (a rash of earthquakes on the North Shore) and odd luck: the first one kills his grandmother. Louis tries to maintain his independence, but falls in love with a Harvard seismologist whose discoveries about the earthquakes' cause complicate everything.

About the Author

Jonathan Franzen is also the author of the novels The Twenty-Seventh City and The Corrections. His fiction and nonfiction 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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312420512
Author:
Franzen, Jonathan
Publisher:
Picador USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Boston (Mass.)
Subject:
Earthquakes
Subject:
Seismologists
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Massachusetts
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Picador USA ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
368/March 2001
Publication Date:
September 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8 x 5.57 x 0.96 in

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Product details 528 pages MacMillan Higher Education - English 9780312420512 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Unfortunately, the dichotomies between romance and science, abortion and the environment are unresolved, and the self-pity in Louis's nihilism as he rails against mother, father, sister, the world, and himself makes him a cold and distant protagonist. A brooding tale of personal responsibility and dangerous legacies that's ambitious and impressive but finally overreaches itself."
"Review" by , "No doubt about it: Jonathan Franzen is one of the most extraordinary writers around."
"Review" by , "Ingeniously put together....His ear for American vernacular is flawless....His gift for description has a kinetic immediacy....One of the best writers under forty at work in this country."
"Review" by , "By sheer force of his imaginative writing and his unsheathed views of American life, Mr. Franzen succeeds in joining together a love story, a family story, and a corporate-cum-environmental story....Distinctly original."
"Review" by , "Populous, ambitious, expansive...Franzen has courage...[and] is a writer of abundant energies."
"Review" by , "[Franzen] tries for, and achieves, more than all but two or three in the successor generation to Pynchon and DeLillo. He may well be one of the successors."
"Review" by , "Franzen may push an occasional metaphor too far, but distractions fade in the face of fine characterizations in a context of science grounded in history with well-integrated social messages and a subtext of the Boston Red Sox breaking fans' hearts. Impressive."
"Synopsis" by , A suspenseful, complex novel dealing with the issues of our day — environmental pollution, religious fundamentalism, abortion, and the threat of apocalypse. It is also a tender and fresh love story — a story of betrayal and redemption — from the author of The Twenty-Seventh City.
"Synopsis" by ,
Louis Holland arrives in Boston in a spring of ecological upheaval (a rash of earthquakes on the North Shore) and odd luck: the first one kills his grandmother. Louis tries to maintain his independence, but falls in love with a Harvard seismologist whose discoveries about the earthquakes' cause complicate everything.

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