by Julie HaleSeptember, 2002
Franzen's modern masterpiece
This National Book Award winner is an insightful examination of the politics of family life. With humor and precision, The Corrections chronicles the domestic intranquility of Enid and Alfred Lambert. After 50 years of marriage, the two are ready to enjoy their sunset years, but Alfred, stricken with Parkinson's disease, is declining fast. Meanwhile, the Lambert's oldest son, Gary, is suffering from clinical depression, and Chip, the middle child, has lost his teaching post at a university for romancing a student. Could things be any worse? Of course! Daughter Denise is having an affair with a married man, which could mean the end of her promising culinary career. From the bohemian outposts of New York to the sleepy suburbs of the Midwest, Franzen's smart, funny satire follows a cast of wonderfully human characters as they fumble their way through relationships and life.
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