'His discreetly devastating comic timing derives from the tension between the optimism of his ambition and the reality of the attempts to deal with the experiences that have marked his career as one America's best novelist and essayist.' Times
'Franzen's memoir is cleverly written and often fun to read…He's funny and self deprecating…' Sunday Telegraph
‘Wonderful and supremely personal…' Time Magazine
'Reading such honest, awkward, tender pieces as these, the socially isolated individual may feel that little bit less lonely.' New Statesman.
'The close of this book is almost miraculous; we are reminded that Franzen, at his best, can write like a dream.' FT Magazine
BRILLIANT, AWARD-WINNING PERSONAL HISTORY FROM THE AUTHOR OF The Corrections