Study Guide

Freedom Genre

By Jonathan Franzen


Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Philosophical Fiction

Freedom is, above all, a portrait of a dysfunctional family, the Berglunds. So there's no doubt it's a family drama. We can say it qualifies as historical fiction as well, since it explores some of the most pivotal events in recent American history, most notably the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the second Iraq War, and the Great Recession of 2008. We're gonna throw in literary fiction as well (because we think Franzen's just such a great writer), and philosophical fiction, because it touches on some of the questions and issues most central to life in 21st century America. That's covering a lot of ground, Franzen!

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