Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom was the runaway most-discussed novel of 2010, an ambitious and searching engagement with life in America in the twenty-first century. In The New York Times Book Review, Sam Tanenhaus proclaimed it “a masterpiece of American fiction” and lauded its illumination,... read more
“But every time I hear one of those brayed parental cellular I-love-yous nowadays, I feel lucky to have had the dad I did. He loved his kids more than anything. And to know that he felt it and couldn't say it; to know the he could trust me to know he felt it and never expect him to say it: this was the very core and substance of the love I felt for him. A love that I in turn was careful never to declare out loud to him. And yet: this was the easy part. Betwen me and the place where my dad is now -i.e. dead- nothing but silence can be transmitted. Nobody has more privacy than the dead. My dad and I aren't saying a whole lot less ot each other now than we did in many a year when he was alive”
“All fiction writers suffer from the condition of having nothing new to say, but story writers are the ones most abjectly prone to this condition.”
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