RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 548616620 LA English T1 Freedom A1 Franzen, Jonathan., PB Farrar, Straus and Giroux PP New York YR 2010 SN 9780374158460 0374158460 9780312600846 0312600844 AB This novel follows several members of an American family, the Berglunds, as well as their close friends and lovers, as complex and troubled relationships unfold over many years. The book follows them through the last decades of the twentieth century and concludes near the beginning of the Obama administration. The Berglunds are the middle class suburban family that the neighbors just love to talk about. Walter, the successful and doting husband, and Patty, the tall ex varsity basketball player who bakes Christmas cookies for each resident of Barrier Street, seem like the perfect couple. But life is not the pretty picture presented to the world. When their precious first born is corrupted by the wanton girl next door, the edges fray on the Berglunds' family fabric. An old friend emerges, tall, dark and only slightly disheveled and mistakes are made.