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Jonathan Franzen is everywhere. Two weeks ago he was the cover boy for Time magazine and many of you have probably seen the promotional video for his just released novel, Freedom. The hype machine is running at full throttle – Franzen frenzy is at a fever pitch!

The book has been well-reviewed, but what&#8212you’re wondering&#8212does Oprah think? Dunno. O Magazine has completely ignored it.

Book lust hath no fury like a woman scorned.

David Ulin of the Los Angeles Times, Ron Charles of the Washington Post, and Sam Tanenhaus of the New York Times Book Review all sing Franzen’s praises. Even Michiko liked it…

Jonathan Franzen’s galvanic new novel, “Freedom,” showcases his impressive literary toolkit — every essential storytelling skill, plus plenty of bells and whistles — and his ability to throw open a big, Updikean picture window on American middle-class life. With this book, he’s not only created an unforgettable family, he’s also completed his own transformation from a sharp-elbowed, apocalyptic satirist focused on sending up the socio-economic-political plight of this country into a kind of 19th-century realist concerned with the public and private lives of his characters… This time, in creating conflicted, contrarian individuals capable of choosing their own fates, Mr. Franzen has written his most deeply felt novel yet — a novel that turns out to be both a compelling biography of a dysfunctional family and an indelible portrait of our times.
&#8212Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

I’m adding it to my shopping cart but probably won’t get around to reading it for a little while (there’s a bit of a backlog on the nightstand at the moment). So, if there are any readers out there who would like to review the book, here’s your chance to post on IKE. I can’t wait to hear what you think.

David Isaacson
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