Jonathan Franzen is the most famous and influential writer of his generation—so why can’t he stop complaining?
Farther Away By Jonathan Franzen (Fourth Estate, £16.99)
Lightning Rods By Helen DeWitt (And Other Stories, published 1st October 2012)
Only five years ago, Jonathan Franzen, David Foster Wallace, and Jeffrey Eugenides were seen as simply a group of middle-aged American novelists. In 2008, however, David Foster Wallace committed suicide. In the flood of eulogies, remembrances, and appreciations that followed, a new consensus rapidly emerged: Wallace and his peers, it was agreed, constituted an American literary generation. What Bellow, Updike, and Roth had…
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