Individual Author Record
Name: Jonathan FranzenPen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT Fiction Non-Fiction Born: 1959 in Western Springs, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionJonathan Franzen was born in Western Springs, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationJonathan Franzen is a novelist and essayist. He was born in Western Springs, Illinois and grew up in Webster Groves, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. A graduate of Swarthmore College (1981), Franzen began publishing novels in the late 1980s. His book, ''The Corrections'', a sprawling, satirical family drama, drew widespread critical acclaim, earned Franzen a National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. The Corrections, his third novel, was getting good reviews and selling well when Oprah Winfrey announced she had selected it as her "book of the month." Franzen's response was less than enthusiastic and he became known as the guy who snubbed Oprah Winfrey's television book club.Franzen currently resides in New York City and Santa Cruz, California.
''The Twenty-Seventh City'', Picador, 2001''Strong Motion: A Novel'', Picador, 2001''The Corrections'', Picador, 2002''How To Be Alone'', Picador, 2003''The Discomfort Zone'', Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006''Freedom: A Novel'', Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010