Book Club: Freedom

Freedom is a chronicle of the Berglunds, a quintessential liberal middle-class family. The story centres around Patty Berglund; wife of Walter and mother of Jessica and Joey. Different parts of the story are told by different narrators, though for the most part it is told by Patty in the form of an autobiographical letter titled “Mistakes Were Made,” which she wrote at the suggestion of her therapist. Patty married young and was forever corralled by her deep love for Richard Katz, a once failing musician and Walter’s best friend. Had Walter never discovered the letter, the Berglunds would have continued to live their life in defiance of the truth; but he did, and so the family were forced to confront it. With its complex characters finding their way in a confusing world, this story is an accurate account of the times.

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