Slate's DoubleX editors discuss the new novel Freedom.

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Oct. 8 2010 11:25 AM

DoubleX Audio Book Club: Jonathan Franzen's Freedom.

Slate's DoubleX editors discuss the new novel Freedom.

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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 was a Slate senior editor from 2005 to 2014. She is the author of Sticks and Stones.

Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on Twitter.

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