This modern classic published in 2001 tells the story of the dysfunctional Lambert family as they struggle to come to terms with their individual problems and the challenges of aging.
At the center of the novel are the parents, Alfred and Enid, who are both experiencing health issues as they near retirement age. Alfred is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, while Enid is struggling with depression and anxiety. Their three adult children are also dealing with their own issues. Gary is a successful businessman who is unhappy in his marriage, Chip is a failed academic and writer who is struggling to find his place in the world, and Denise is a successful chef who is grappling with her sexuality.
Throughout the novel, Franzen weaves together the different storylines of the Lambert family, creating a complex and nuanced portrait of family dynamics. He explores themes such as the pressures of societal expectations, the search for personal fulfillment, and the fragility of relationships. The characters are flawed and relatable, making it easy for readers to empathize with their struggles and experiences.
One of the most notable aspects of The Corrections is Franzen’s writing style. He is a master at creating vivid and descriptive scenes, immersing the reader in the world of the novel. His prose is both poetic and precise, making for a deeply engaging reading experience.
“The Corrections” was widely acclaimed upon its release and was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.