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Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
At the center of Freedom are Walter and Patty Berglund and their two children. In the 80s, they move back to a gentrifying neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota. Walter was an environmental lawyer and Patty was often at the center of neighborhood life, filling the role of the family to be envied. Suppressed anger and their own frustrations begin to tear at the fabric of their lives. Walter's old friend, and also Patty's old crush, re-enters their life, and a move to Washington where Walter fronts for a company interested in strip mining redefines their lives in the 21st century. Jonathan Franzen's novel has received positive reviews with the New York Times saying, "This time, in creating conflicted, contrarian individuals capable of choosing their own fates, Mr. Franzen has written his most deeply felt novel yet - a novel that turns out to be both a compelling biography of a dysfunctional family and an indelible portrait of our times."