Strong Motion

Jonathan Franzen

‘Strong Motion’ is the brilliant, bold second novel from the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of ‘The Corrections’ and ‘Freedom’. Louis Holland arrives in Boston in a spring of strange happenings – earthquakes strike the city, and the first one kills his grandmother. During a bitter feud over the inheritance Louis falls in love with Renée Seitchek, a passionate and brilliant seismologist, whose discoveries about the origin of the earthquakes complicate everything. Potent and vivid, ‘Strong Motion’ is a complex story of change from the forceful imagination of Jonathan Franzen.

Reviews of Strong Motion

  • ‘By sheer force of his imaginative writing and his unsheathed views of American life, Franzen succeeds in joining together a love story, a family story, and a corporate-cum-environmental story…Distinctly original.’ The New York Times

    ‘No doubt about it: Jonathan Franzen is one of the most extraordinary writers around.’ Newsweek

    ‘Ingeniously put together…His ear for American vernacular is flawless…His gift for description has a kinetic immediacy.’ The Seattle Times

    ‘Bold, layered…an elaborate construct, with the stuff of several books crammed into one…An affirmation of Franzen’s fierce imagination and distinctive seriocomic voice.’ New York Times Book Review