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The American Dream Today

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Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections (2001) became a bestseller and won the 2001 National Book Award. Franzen tells the story of the dysfunctional Lambert clan and their attempts to "correct" the various problems in their lives. Elderly father Alfred suffers from Parkinson's disease and is succumbing to dementia; his long-suffering wife, Enid, deals with his slow decline while planning a final Christmas gathering with her husband and their three adult children. The three Lambert progeny—Gary, Chip, and Denise—are all undergoing various traumas, including divorce, unemployment, and depression. The result is a funny look at the modern American family, in all its dysfunctional glory.

Much of the praise for The Corrections is due to its reputation as a "Great American Novel." Earlier authors such as Sinclair Lewis and Booth Tarkington crafted sprawling tales of American families working through their conflicts...

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