An elderly couple in the mid-west and their grown children living in Philadelphia and NYC dealing with life in the 21st century and the corrections that one must take to keep on track… but most importantly to spend Christmas together. I thought it was an amazing novel. Franzen delves into the mostly unlikable and depressed family members but the plot is interesting and sucks you into the drama. The last chapter from the father’s point of view was extraordinary and so so sad. It made be a blubbering mess.
PJH Rating: ****1/2