“The Corrections” by Jonathan Franzen
I chose “The Corrections” because I think in both style and content it encapsulates the “Midwestern” attitudes and feelings of two different generations of post-WWII Americans very well. In the “baby boomer” characters we see visions of an intractable naivete and a conservative disciplinarianism which very well exhibits the “mood’ of the 1950s and early 60s, and that generation’s subsequent aging. With their more “Generation X” children, you get a clearer picture of what a post-Civil Rights and post-60s feminism worlds produced.
Submission by Cowan in Chicago, IL