Books That Inspire 2013

The Corrections
Jonathan Franzen

National Book Award for Fiction (2001) and James Tait Black Prize for Fiction (2002),

The Corrections, recipient of the National Book Award and James Tait Black Prize, is a complicated novel. At the heart of it is a Midwestern family, constantly struggling in their relationships with one another.

The emotional vitality Jonathan Franzen brings to his fiction rivals any other living author. The representation of Gary and his wife Caroline is painful and true in its emphasis on competition and manipulation being at the heart of even the closest relationships. Franzen has an eye for the troubles we create for ourselves as human beings, and combined with his oddly strong sense of morality, it is startling in its effectiveness.

Kevin Pickard
Undergraduate Student
Literary and Cultural Studies