Friday, May 28, 2010

Jonathan Franzen's "Agreeable" (short story, non-genre, free): A teenager's alienation from parents

Illustration by Ben McKeown accompanying the short story Agreeable by Jonathan Franzen in The New Yorker
While the themes are universal, specifics are too US centric, making this story far less interesting outside of that country.

Includes an incident of a teenager's rape, & of her parents' practical difficulties pressing the charges - an event that will even more alienate her from them than she already is.


  1.  The Darkwood Review notes this is a novel excerpt that The New Yorker has mislabeled as short story, something they seen to be doing rather often: 'It's an excerpt. Not just that. It's the SECOND excerpt of Franzen's new novel that the New Yorker has published in the last year. In the 5/8/2009 issue they ran "Good Neighbors"'.

Fact sheet.

First published: The New Yorker, 31 May 2010.
Download full text from publisher's site.
Rating: B.