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

March 29, 2010 | 1 book mentioned 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.'”

created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.


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

  2. 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.

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