Top critical review
10 people found this helpful
Entertaining but minor early work.
on 29 April 2011
Like many, I loved The Corrections, and waited eagerly for Freedom, which turned out to be a masterpiece. However, having read it in 2 days, I realised that I may have to wait another decade for more Franzen...so I decided to get one of his earlier novels. Strong Motion is interesting, and characteristic of Franzen's style and concerns, but it feels like an immature work, and it suffers from inconsistent pacing and really dislikeable main characters (as noted by other reviewers here). It also differs from his recent work by prominently featuring a political/environmental thriller plot, which sits uneasily alongside his typical dissection of American family life. It was a page turner, certainly, but is best approached as an entertaining genre piece for those wanting to read more Franzen.