How to Be Alone
How to Be Alone

From the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections, a collection of essays that reveal him to be one of our sharpest, toughest, and most entertaining social critics

While the essays in this collection range in subject matter from the sex-advice industry to the way a supermax prison works, each one wrestles with the essential themes of Franzen's writing: the erosion of civil life and private dignity; and the hidden persistence of loneliness in postmodern, imperial America. Reprinted here for the first time is Franzen’s controversial l996 investigation of the fate of the American novel in what became known as "the Harper's essay," as well as his award-winning narrative of his father's struggle with Alzheimer's disease, and a rueful account of his brief tenure as an Oprah Winfrey author.

Title How to Be Alone
Subtitle Essays
Author Jonathan Franzen
Publisher Picador
Title First Published 01 October 2003
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 320 p.
ISBN-10 0312422164
ISBN-13 9780312422165
Publication Date 01 October 2003
Main content page count 320
Weight 16 oz.

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