President Obama recently stepped out with a copy of Franzen's new book "Freedom" and ever since it's been the buzz of the book world. Franzens' previous work, "The Corrections" won a variety of awards and garnered critical acclaim around the world. His new book focuses on a love triangle gone wrong and is said to be "War and Peace" for our generation--or at least War and Peace-like in its delicious over-the-top effort (whichever you prefer).
The stories inter-weave heavily and you definitely need to keep your concentration up to get through it (says pretty much anyone who has tried to delve into the colussus already). I've read reviews both good and bad about this book, but one thing is for sure. It has gotten itself hyped up to the point where writers such as Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner has exclaimed: "What about us?" and Weiner even complained that books dubbed "chick lit" have very little elbow room in the marketing industry now that books such as "Freedom" have grabbed the attention of the marketing industry. Hmmm.... Really?? Not so sure about that one, Jennifer. Your books are pretty popular around here.
I definitely plan on reading it. I don't know if I'll like it...but any book that is being carried about by a president and gets the chick-lit writers riled up is a book I want to have in my duffel bag. And I think you should read it too. If nothing else, just to say you've read the same book as the president of the good ol' USA.