The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History

Author(s): FRANZEN, JONATHAN

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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year


The Discomfort Zone is Jonathan Franzen's tale of growing up, squirming in his own ber-sensitive skin, from a "small and fundamentally ridiculous person," into an adult with strong inconvenient passions. Whether he's writing about the explosive dynamics of a Christian youth fellowship in the 1970s, the effects of Kafka's fiction on his protracted quest to lose his virginity, or the web of connections between bird watching, his all-consuming marriage, and the problem of global warming, Franzen is always feelingly engaged with the world we live in now. The Discomfort Zone is a wise, funny, and gorgeously written self-portrait by one of America's finest writers.

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General Fields

  • : 9780312426408
  • : picador
  • : picador
  • : August 2007
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : FRANZEN, JONATHAN
  • : Paperback
  • : 208