Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Freedom, sweet freedom

Express Staff Writer

American author Jonathan Franzen visits Sun Valley this weekend to share his influences, discuss his characters and confirm or debunk rumors that his work is autobiographical.

The "Freedom" writer will lecture "On Autobiography and Fiction," Sunday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood.

New York Times reviewer Sam Tanenhaus praised Franzen's novel as a masterpiece. "Freedom" tells the story of a family—two parents and two children, the embodiment of the American Dream—that is wracked by parental and marital discontent.

Like his 2001 novel, "The Corrections," Franzen's latest work examines modern American life and the lies people tell themselves.

"The Corrections" was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It was selected by Oprah Winfrey for her book club, though it was never officially marketed as such, due to Franzen's public remark that he did not think men would read an Oprah book club selection.

Tickets are $25 for Sun Valley Center for the Arts members, $35 for nonmembers and $15 for students with ID. For tickets for this and other talks, call 726-9491, ext. 10.

Katherine Wutz:

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