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Jonathan Franzen

The Master’s Craft

Jonathan Franzen He writes long novels in which his characters are put through every kind of difficulty – with jobs, relationships, family, medical issues and even angry mobs. But ultimately, Jonathan Franzen just wants to make his readers happy.

This eagerness to please was clear when he read an excerpt from his new novel, Freedom, to a packed Toronto theatre at the International Festival of Authors last night. The lanky, bespectacled writer elicited roaring laughter as he delivered a passage involving the character Joey, a confident, aspirational college freshman whose relationship with his unambitious sweetheart causes him excruciating discomfort.

In a boardroom at his publisher’s 20th-floor office the morning after the event, Franzen reveals that he’s one of the few literary authors who will admit to writing with their readers in mind.

— Story continues at CBC.ca


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