The Corrections is a grandly entertaining novel for the new century--a comic, tragic masterpiece about a family breaking down in an age of easy fixes. After almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing specatcularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain on an affair with a married man--or so her mother fears. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to. Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.Stretching from the Midwest at midcentury to the Wall Street and Eastern Europe of today, The Corrections brings an old-fashioned world of civic virtue and sexual inhibitions into violent collision with the era of home surveillance, hands-off parenting, do-it-yourself mental health care, and globalized greed. Richly realistic, darkly hilarious, deeply humane, it confirms Jonathan Franzen as one of our most brilliant interpreters of American society and the American soul.
sometimes i didnt like this book, but most of the times i liked it a lot. it was about a woman whose husband has just retired, but he now has parkinsons disease with a little bit of dementia or alzheimers, and she has to take care of him. she wants her three children to come home for one last xmas... then we switch to chapters in perspective of each of the characters - her husband, her daughter, and her two sons. time jumps around, so we have chapters from when they are young, and now, when the youngest is about 30. they all have such big problems in their lives... it made me feel better to read this book. my grandpa died of alzheimers, which was the main reason i even was interested in this book, but then the trouble people have picking a career, living their lives, finding someone to love. anyways, very good book.