Wednesday, June 9, 2010

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Freedom

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Freedom
By Jonathan Franzen
Publication Date: August 31

From Amazon:

Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul—the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter’s dreams. Together with Walter—environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man—she was doing her small part to build a better world.

But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? What exactly is Richard Katz—outrĂ© rocker and Walter’s college best friend and rival—still doing in the picture? Most of all, what has happened to Patty? Why has the bright star of Barrier Street become “a very different kind of neighbor,” an implacable Fury coming unhinged before the street’s attentive eyes?


What's your "waiting on" pick this week?

Want to participate? Grab the logo, post your own WoW entry on your blog, and leave your link below!

42 comments:

Sabrina (about happy books) said...

"Freedom" sounds great, I will add it to my wishlist.

Bella said...

Hi Jill!
this is my first time participating in both Waiting on Wednesday and a meme. Thanks for making the process simple to follow :)
~Bella

Leanna (Daisy Chain Book Reviews) said...

Sounds like an intriguing read, Jill! I love that you've added Mr.Linky to Wow! It makes everything so much easier! :)

Lyndsey said...

Hey Jill. Just started my own blog and wanted to do Waiting on Wednesday as someone recommended it. Thanks for making it so easy.

Bronagh said...

Sounds like a great read!

Here's mine: http://absolutelyalchemy.blogspot.com/2010/06/waiting-on-wednesday-5.html

Diane said...

Yes, I saw a review on this one; sounds like one for me; thanks Jill

Mary said...

Sounds like a good book. I think I was one of only a handful that didn't really like The Corrections but I'd read him again.

Erika said...

sounds like a compelling story that unravels the secrets of a seemingly perfect family. great pick! :)

Tina's Blog said...

I don't think I've read any of Franzen's books...shame on me. This one sounds good- I'll add it to my list.

Book Sake said...

Freedom seems like it might be a good read, big twist for the family there!

lilly said...

I have The Corrections on my shelf but still haven't gotten to reading it, even though I've heard a lot of good about it. Now I guess I will have to since this one is coming out :)

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, wow! I'm excited to hear about this book! I enjoyed Corrections...and this synopsis really grabbed my attention.

Here's mine:

http://chezraine.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/waiting-on-wednesday-13/

Marie said...

Nice :-) A new Franzen- great!

Aimee said...

Great pick! Sounds like an interesting book!

Aleksandra said...

Sounds great!

NotNessie said...

Another great pick!

Crystal said...

Oh my - this sounds really interesting and kind of creepy, yet with some humor maybe. I'll be adding this to my wishlist.

Jess said...

Looks interesting! Here's my WoW pick - All I Ever Wanted

Violet said...

That book summary has definitely piqued my interest. Wonder what changed the Berglunds so dramatically. Great WoW selection! :)

bermudaonion said...

Oooh, I didn't know he had a new book coming out! Something to look forward to.

Mel said...

Great choice! It sounds interesting!

brizmus said...

I, too, am SO excited about this booK!

Meaghan said...

Your book sounds really interesting and I love the cover!

Simply Grace said...

Looks like another good pick! I will have to add it to my ever growing list!!

toothy said...

great pick! i've been meaning to pick up another frazen book to read. definitely adding that to my tbr!

Lyndsey said...

First WOW post!

Lizzy said...

Hmm, Freedom sounds really interesting. Great pick this week!

Little Miss Becky :) said...

Your pick sounds great..and I love that you switched to Mr Linky for this!! Makes it so much easier to visit everyone's blogs!

Maggie Desmond-O'Brien said...

Is the St. Paul referred to in the summary the St. Paul in Minnesota? I don't know of any other St. Pauls, but hey, you never know. As one of them "oh-fer-cute" Minnesotans, ya know, this sounds interesting. =)

Thank you for adding Mr. Linky to your posts - it makes everything much easier!

Jennifer (Crazy-for-Books) said...

Sounds like an intriguing story!

Mine is here.

Maddz said...

Hi Jill!

I've done a few Wednesday's now, but I've never commented on here! (Oops, sorry!)

Anyway, here's my "Waiting On" Wednesday: http://maddzslightlybookish.blogspot.com/2010/06/waiting-on-wednesday-4-ghostgoth-and.html

-Maddz

elizabeth said...

Freedom sounds like it will be a great read!

Loren said...

first time participating :) thanks so much

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

I love the cover of this one!! Thank you for adding mr linky!!! Sometimes it was hard to copy and paste links from all the comments!!

Stephanie said...

It definitely sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Kristen said...

Playing along for the first time. What a fun and potentially expensive meme!

Nyxen Nadine said...

Second time participating!
That book sounds awesome!
Great pick.

Lori said...

Thank you for adding the Mr Linky...makes things easier. The book you are waiting for looks interesting. I hope that it will be all you hope it to be. :)

Kah Woei said...

Nothing is ever perfect, is it ?

Alison said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Especially since they're from St. Paul (I assume Minnesota).
This is my first WoW. Thanks for hosting a fun meme!

Stepfordmomto2 said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. It was nice to see you there.

Tine said...

Hi!
I´ve just decided to start my own blog and saw your "Waiting in Wednesday" on another blog I really like, so I really wanted to have it as well! Thanks for making it easy!
Christine