50 years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun.
Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's
disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the
catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio
manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite
clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The
middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is
failing spectacularly in his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest,
has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down
the drain on an affair with a married man - or so her mother fears. Desperate
for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive
goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.
Stretching from the Midwest at midcentury to the Wall Street and Eastern
Europe of today, The Corrections brings an old-fashioned world of civic
virtue and sexual inhibitions into violent collision with the era of home
surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental health care,
and globalized greed. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious, deeply humane,
it confirms Jonathan Frazen as one of our most brilliant interpreters
of American society and the American soul.
©2001 Jonathan Franzen; (P)2001 Simon & Schuster Inc.; AUDIOWORKS
Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster
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