Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Hailed as a "modern masterpiece", Freedom is a novel about contemporary life, love and marriage. The story of the Berglunds, their son Joey, their daughter Jessica and their friend Richard Katz, this sprawling epic covers the beginning and ending of love, the awkwardness of teenage lust, the unexpectedness of adult life as well as the rivalries and betrayals all families face. The human story looks at why things never quite work out as they 'should'. An international bestseller that is full of sharp observations about modern America, Jonathan Franzen's Freedom is an intensive novel that has drawn plaudits from many sources, with the Independent on Sunday saying it is: "Deeper, funnier, sadder and truer than a work of fiction has any right to be."