Strong Motion by Jonathan Franzen
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Louis Holland arrives in Boston in a spring of ecological upheaval (a rash of earthquakes on the North Shore) and odd luck: the first one kills his grandmother. Louis tries to maintain his independence, but falls in love with a Harvard seismologist whose discoveries about the earthquakes' cause complicate everything.


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Jonathan Franzen is the author of four novels (Freedom, The Corrections, Strong Motion, and The Twenty-Seventh City), two collections of essays (Farther Away and How to Be Alone), a personal history (The Discomfort Zone), and a translation of Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, all published by FSG. He lives in New York City and Santa Cruz, California. Karl Kraus (1874–1936) was an Austrian satirist, playwright, poet, aphorist, and journalist. From 1899 until his death, he published the literary and political review Die Fackel.
Published August 30, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 528 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Louis and RenÇe split up when an old flame comes to visit him, however, and in her loneliness RenÇe discovers she's pregnant, leading to a showdown between her and the fundamentalists picketing her abortion clinic.

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Debates over women's reproductive rights and environmental disasters rattle the lives of young lovers in Boston in Franzen's ( The Twenty-Seventh City ) second intellectual thriller.

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A series of unrelated events--the mother's inheritance of $22 million, Louis's landing a radio job in Boston, among others--brings this commonplace, unhappy family together at the center of myriad transformations.

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Having upended St. Louis in his first novel, The Twenty-Seventh City, Jonathan Franzen does his best to rattle the complacency of Boston in his second, employing a series of earthquakes for the job (the quakes are suspicious, since a fiendish chemical company has been pumping toxic waste deep...

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Franzen (Freedom) published this, his second novel, in 1992, well before his prize-winning work The Corrections. Despite Scott Aiello's fine narration, the stories within stories and sprawling nature of this novel make the audiobook a challenge at times. Franzen juggles plotlines dealing with env...

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