Read ‘The Corrections’ by Jonathan Franzen. Felt apathetic.
Read ‘Freedom’ by Jonathan Franzen about 20 months later and loved it!
Put off reading it for so long because of the so dislikable characters in Corrections but really, really, the characters in Freedom really captured me! They were so real, recognisable and utterly human. Messy mixes of good, bad, beautiful and ugly.
This is a story of marriage and family. It mainly follows Patty and Walter Berglund as they navigate the process of learning to love eachother. Honestly. It is a heartwrenching, funny and moving story. A great read. Very much a slice of life, kind of book.
You can bypass the Corrections but you can’t miss this one.
Other post modern reads you might like:
‘The Slap’ by Chris Tsolkas
‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ by Jonathan Safran Foer
‘The Secret History’ by Donna Tartt
Anything written by Michael Chabon