First I had to finish Freedom. Thankfully the last 100 pages are more compelling than the previous 400 or so. There are definitely echoes of John Irving in Freedom's complex web of relationships and intersecting lives, only the characters and their situations are not as moving and Jonathan Franzen is nowhere near as funny (although he tries to be).
For a sprawling family epic that is truly moving and laugh out loud funny and outrageous in places, you’re better off reading John Irving’s latest, Last Night in Twisted River.
It's a truly remarkable and poignant novel about fathers and sons, and male friendships. It deals with tough topics, like a father’s fear of losing his son. It's laced with compassion and humour, and tragedy.