I do a great many things backwards. So it’s no surprise I started reading Jonathan Franzen when he released Freedom in the fall of 2010. I was fortunate enough to see him speak at an Minnesota Public Radio event, Talking Volumes, and I was hooked. Freedom is the best contemporary novel I’ve read in a decade. So I rushed out to purchase everything else Franzen has ever written.
If you’re like me, in the bookish way, you probably have a pile waiting to be read. This fresh stack of unbent spines is not even on your bookshelf, but likely bedside or next to your favorite chair. As the book mountain grows, you want to climb it, but work projects, books previously chosen, and life get in the way. This is why, a year later, I am finally getting back to Franzen. I happened to choose The Corrections first, which is fortunate since a television series is said to be in the works and I want to have absorbed Franzen’s words before that is completed.
So far, The Corrections is a delicious read. I am a forever Franzen fan.