The Man Who Told Oprah She Chose “Shmaltzy, One-Dimension Books”

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This September, Jonathan Frazen breaks new ground with a memoir: The Discomfort Zone. I’d like some more fiction from him, but perhaps since much of his fiction (especially The Corrections) came from personal experience, there really isn’t that much of a difference in terms of themes. I’ve read excerpts from the new non-fiction, most notably his story of high school shenanigans regarding the flagpole, but rumor has it from GQ magazine that in this memoir he describes losing his virginity . . . as a college senior . . . writing in the third person. More power to ya, Frazen, for transparency, but I bet it’ll be nice to hide behind the curtain of fiction after this book tour.


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