The Discomfort Zone
A Personal HistoryDownloadable Audiobook - 2006
An intimate memoir by the award-winning author of The Corrections describes growing up in a family of all boys in Webster Groves, Missouri, reflecting on such topics as the dynamics of a Christian youth fellowship, the influence of Kafka's fiction on his quest to lose his virginity, his role as the school prankster, his marriage, global warming, and the life lessons he has learned from birds. Read by Jonathan Franzen. Simultaneous.
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Daring, honest, and written with the comic scrutiny and unqualified affection that marks Franzen's fiction, The Discomfort Zone tells of the formation of one young mind in the crucible of an everyday American family.
The Discomfort Zone is Franzen's memoir of growth from his boyhood as a "small and fundamentally ridiculous person," through an adolescence both excruciating and strangely happy, into an adult with embarrassing and unexpected passions. It's also a portrait of a Midwestern middle-class family weathering the turbulence of the 1970s and a vivid personal history of an America turning its back on a certain idealism.