DoubleX Audio Book Club: Jonathan Franzen's Freedom.
Slate's DoubleX editors discuss the new novel Freedom.
Posted Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, at 11:25 AM
In this week's audio book club, DoubleX's Emily Bazelon and Hanna Rosin, along with The New Yorker'sMargaret Talbot, discuss the literary event that is Joanathan Franzen's new novel, Freedom.The novel follows Patty and Walter Berglund as their marriage falls apart and lays claim to broad social commentary on the way we live now. Margaret Talbot is slightly suspicious of Franzen's dissection of his characters, while Hanna Rosin defends his compassion. Emily Bazelon is deeply moved by the moment of grace at the end.
Margaret Talbot is a staff writer for The New Yorker.
Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and writes about law, family, and kids. Her forthcoming book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Empathy and Character. Find her at email@example.com or on Facebook or Twitter.
Hanna Rosin is the author of The End of Men, a co-founder of Slate's DoubleX and a senior editor at the Atlantic. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook or visit her website.