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The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century—a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing spectacularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain on an affair with a married man—or so her mother fears. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.

Stretching from the Midwest at midcentury to the Wall Street and Eastern Europe of today, The Corrections brings an old-fashioned world of civic virtue and sexual inhibitions into violent collision with the era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental health care, and globalized greed. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious, deeply humane, it confirms Jonathan Franzen as one of our most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The brightest, boldest, and most ambitious novel I've read in many years.”

    Pat Conroy #1 New York Times bestselling author of South of Broad

  • “Funny and deeply sad, large-hearted and merciless, The Corrections is a testament to the range and depth of pleasures great fiction affords.”

    David Foster Wallace

  • “Jonathan Franzen has built a powerful novel out of the swarming consciousness of a marriage, a family, a whole culture—our culture.”

    Don DeLillo author of Lybra and Falling Man

  • “Marvelous…Everything we want in a novel--except, when it's rocking along, for it never to be over.”

    New York Times Review of Books

  • “A sprawling novel about the diaspora of the modern American family: Enid and Alfred have carved their lives out of the suburban Midwest bedrock—hard work, shrimp cocktail, and silent sex—but their children live in New York and Philadelphia, eat wild Norwegian salmon, experiment with bisexuality, and study Foucault. Franzen gives us a tragicomic portrait of a flawed nation with the equally flawed notion of perfectibility at its heart.”

    New Yorker

  • “The novel we've been waiting for...a stunning anatomy of family dysfunction...a contemporary novel that will endure.”


  • “Ferociously detailed, gratifyingly mind-expanding, and daringly complex and unhurried…Each cleverly choreographed fiasco stands as a correction to the delusions that precipitated it, and each step back from the brink of catastrophe becomes a move toward hope, integrity, and love. ”


  • “Looms as a model for what ambitious storytelling can still say about modern life…Franzen swings for the fences and clears them with yards to spare.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Frighteningly, luminously authentic.”

    Boston Globe

  • Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction
  • A 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist
  • A 2002 Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2001 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • Time Magazine's Best 100 English-Language Novels from 1923–2005
  • A 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction
  • A 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jenn | 5/24/2011

    " The story could have been told in less than 500 pages, but still a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marge | 5/23/2011

    " A friend recommended this book and I found I liked the story and the characters more as I got into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Pamela | 5/23/2011

    " Very well written, but I found it dark and somewhat sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Caro | 5/22/2011

    " Very readable, but tediously long. This is the first Franzen I've read, and I'm not inclined to continue. "

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