The Discomfort Zone Author:Jonathan Franzen The Discomfort Zone is Jonathan Franzen?s tale of growing up afraid of spiders, school dances, urinals, music teachers, boomerangs, popular girls and his parents. It?s also a portrait of a middle-class family weathering the turbulence of the 1970s, and a vivid personal history of the decades in which America turned away from its mid-century idea... more »lism and became a more polarized society. Whether he?s writing about the explosive dynamics of a Christian youth fellowship in the 1970s, the effects of Kafka?s fiction on his own protracted quest to lose his virginity or the web of connections between birdwatching, his all-consuming marriage and the problem of global warming, Franzen?s recounting of a mid-western youth and a New York adulthood is warmed by the same blend of comic scrutiny and affection that characterize his fiction. Funny, insightful and daringly honest, The Discomfort Zone is Jonathan Franzen at his most engaging.« less
Not my favorite audio book. Franzen is in love with his own story, to the point that we hear about his church youth group ad nauseum...who took drugs, why they took drugs, why he didn't take drugs, his first girlfriend and what she wore, where and how they fooled around, high school pranks on the roof of the school...you get the picture.
If you like this sort of thing, you'll love The Discomfort Zone.