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An Exclusive Look at the Cover of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom

By posted at 12:38 pm on March 29, 2010 12

coverWe learned recently that Jonthan Franzen’s long-awaited follow-up to The Corrections, a new novel called Freedom, will arrive at the end of August. Now we have a cover too.

Franzen’s name looms appropriately large on the cover (in a font that recalls Ed Ruscha [edit: or Wayne White]), as does what appears to be a variety of blue jay a Cerulean Warbler. All of this is set atop a lake scene at sunset, the evergreen trees in the background suggesting northern latitudes.

As we noted in our 2010 book preview: “The excerpt from the novel that appeared last year [in The New Yorker] was notable for its return to the more generous ironies that endeared The Corrections to our ‘Best Fiction of the Millennium (So Far) panel.'”

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12 Responses to “An Exclusive Look at the Cover of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom”

  1. Eric Sprague
    at 1:21 pm on March 29, 2010

    The bird on the cover on Franzen’s new book is a cerulean warbler.

  2. Kallen
    at 1:32 pm on March 29, 2010

    Look at that cover! I could already see it being picked for Oprah’s Book Club and Franzen’s subsequent rejection.

  3. Giovanni
    at 1:35 pm on March 29, 2010

    That cover reminds me more of Wayne White than Ed Ruscha (see examples here:

  4. Lydia Kiesling
    at 7:39 pm on March 29, 2010

    It’s kind of…vertiginous.

  5. Jacob Silverman
    at 3:01 am on March 30, 2010

    Odd cover. I like most of the individual elements but not together. Also seems like a silly title, but none of it will matter, of course, if the book’s good.

  6. tom
    at 12:15 pm on March 30, 2010

    Twin Peaks. And Lynch should be insulted. That is all.

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    at 12:37 pm on March 30, 2010

    […] Jonathan Franzen has a new novel coming out, and The Millions shows us the cover. […]

    at 7:09 pm on March 30, 2010

    […] [via The Millions] Jonathan Franzen’s long awaited novel’s cover is out. I’m actually pretty excited about this. Hungry to get in on the pastoral rage, we’ve mocked a similar cover, with a little birdie of our own. Sorry, symbolism is so [18]80’s. Tags: jonathan franzen […]

  9. Jonathan Franzen to be 2010 Decatur Book Fest keynote speaker | Culture Surfing
    at 6:47 pm on June 7, 2010

    […] speaker for the 2010 festival.  The Corrections author will publish his first book in nine years, Freedom: A Novel, on Aug. 31—  just days before the DBF’s fifth annual event kicks off Labor Day […]

  10. Valarie
    at 4:53 pm on June 10, 2010

    No Black Bellied Whistler?

  11. ExcerptReader
    at 8:20 am on July 15, 2010

    You can read the two released excerpts from Jonathan Franzen’s FREEDOM in the New Yorker or read the excerpts reviews in The Excerpt Reader’s blog

  12. mr. pink
    at 12:11 am on September 25, 2010

    That cover is a complete ripoff of Wayne White.

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