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.
About the Author
Jonathan Franzen is the author of The Corrections, winner of the 2001 National Book Award for fiction; the novels The Twenty Seventh City and Strong Motion; and a collection of essays, How to Be Alone. He lives in New York City.
Praise for 'The Corrections': 'A book which is funny, moving, generous, brutal and intelligent, and which poses the ultimate question, what life is for -- and that is as much as anyone could ask.' Blake Morrison, Guardian 'For anyone who has ever found themselves guiltily yearning for an Anne Tyler while in the middle of an Updike or Wolfe. The Lamberts are utterly believable, and once they have all told their stories you can't help but sympathise with them. Be prepared to be moved.' Laurence Phelan, Independent on Sunday 'Compelling. A pleasure from beginning to end. Franzen, in one leap, has put himself into the league of Updike & Roth. That's why there is so much excitement about it.' David Sexton, Evening Standard 'A novel of outstanding sympathy, wit, moral intelligence and pathos, a family saga told with stylistic brio and psychological and political insight. No British novelist is currently writing at this pitch.' Jeremy Treglowen, Financial Times 'Impossible to dislike, an unpretentious page-turner.' Zadie Smith, Guardian (Books of the Year)
Number Of Pages: 195
Published: 27th September 2006
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.6 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.224