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Jonathan Franzen

USA flag (1959 - )

Jonathan Franzen was born near Chicago in August, 1959, and grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. After graduating from Swarthmore College, in 1981, he studied at the Freie Universität in Berlin as a Fulbright scholar and later worked in a seismology lab at Harvard University's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Non fiction

National Book Award for Fiction Best Book winner (2001) : The Corrections
Oprah's Book Club Best Book nominee (2001) : The Corrections
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2002) : The Corrections
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2002) : The Corrections
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2002) : The Corrections
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2003) : The Corrections
Oprah's Book Club Best Book nominee (2010) : Freedom

Jonathan Franzen recommends
The Deader the Better
The Deader the Better (2000)
(Leo Waterman, book 6)
G M Ford
"I am utterly beguiled by G.M. Ford's Leo Waterman... Ford writes with a toughness leavened by grace and wit."

Assorted Fire Events (2000)
David Means
"Means's stories are harrowing and funny and full bloodied... this is food for the hungry."
Carter Beats the Devil
Carter Beats the Devil (2001)
Glen David Gold
"Here's excellent magic: the hours vanish, the pages turn themselves."
The Savage Girl
The Savage Girl (2001)
Alex Shakar
"An exceptionally smart and likeable first novel that tries valiently to ransom Beauty from its commercial captors."

The Lovely Bones (2002)
Alice Sebold
"Sebold has given us a fantasy-fable of great authority, charm, and daring. She's a one-of-a-kind writer."
The Commissariat of Enlightenment
The Commissariat of Enlightenment (2003)
Ken Kalfus
"Wry, humane, precise and beautifully smitten with ideas. "

Ms. Hempel Chronicles (2008)
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum
"Pure Pleasure."

Fame (2010)
Daniel Kehlmann
"A real beauty of a book."

Kapitoil (2010)
Teddy Wayne
"Kapitoil is one of those uncommon novels that really is novel. Though the storytelling is conventional, it is satisfyingly so, and the book's estimable young narrator is a human type whom nobody until Wayne was ever inspired to write about."

The Art of Fielding (2011)
Chad Harbach
"First novels this complete and consuming come along very, very seldom."

The Middlesteins (2012)
Jami Attenberg
"The Middlesteins had me from its very first pages, but it wasn't until its final pages that I fully appreciated the range of Attenberg's sympathy and the artistry of her storytelling."

Mislaid (2015)
Nell Zink
"A writer of extraordinary talent and range."

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