While completing the daily tasks of working in and running a library, library staff have many opportunities to spend time in the book stacks. This often results in the discover of hidden and interesting material. Whether it happens while shelving, sorting, or locating books for our patrons, staff members often discover materials that even they were unaware were taking up residency on the shelf. Sometimes, these surprise books are particularly interesting to them – case in point for the book below:
Last Week, one of our staff members here at the Nola Brantley Memorial Library found “The Corrections” by Jonathan Franzen on the shelf, read the inside cover introduction, and was immediately intrigued. He took it home, read it, and would now recommend it to anyone interested in grasping a unique outlook on family structure. He says his favorite thing about this work is how it shows the modern family as dysfunctional and broken as opposed to a perfect stereotype. It is more realistic by breaking the illusion of the Normal Rockwell painting – not every family is ideal. While it may be a difficult reality, this book does a great job of going against an often habituated lie that most families are virtually flawless and perfectly functional.
Below is a review of The Corrections:
If some authors are masters of suspense, others postmodern verbal acrobats, and still others complex-character pointillists, few excel in all three arenas. In his long-awaited third novel, Franzen does. Unlike his previous works, The 27th City (1988) and Strong Motion (1992), which tackled St. Louis and Boston, respectively, this one skips from city to city (New York; St. Jude; Philadelphia; Vilnius, Lithuania) as it follows the delamination of the Lambert family Alfred, once a rigid disciplinarian, flounders against Parkinson’s-induced dementia; Enid, his loyal and embittered wife, lusts for the perfect Midwestern Christmas; Denise, their daughter, launches the hippest restaurant in Philly; and Gary, their oldest son, grapples with depression, while Chip, his brother, attempts to shore his eroding self-confidence by joining forces with a self-mocking, Eastern-Bloc politician. As in his other novels, Franzen blends these personal dramas with expert technical cartwheels and savage commentary on larger social issues, such as the imbecility of laissez-faire parenting and the farcical nature of U.S.-Third World relations. The result is a book made of equal parts fury and humor, one that takes a dry-eyed look at our culture, at our pains and insecurities, while offering hope that, occasionally at least, we can reach some kind of understanding. This is, simply, a masterpiece. Agent, Susan Golomb. (Sept.)Forecast: Franzen has always been a writer’s writer and his previous novels have earned critical admiration, but his sales haven’t yet reached the level of, say, Don DeLillo at his hottest. Still, if the ancillary rights sales and the buzz at BEA are any indication, The Corrections should be his breakout book. Its varied subject matter will endear it to a genre-crossing section of fans (both David Foster Wallace and Michael Cunningham contributed rave blurbs) and FSG’s publicity campaign will guarantee plenty of press. QPB main, BOMC alternate. – (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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