He's on our list of great American writers, but we wanted to know: What are Jonathan Franzen's favorite books?
Continental Drift by Russell Banks
On the extravagant, shallow promises of his brother, Bob Dubois, 30, a burnt-out New Hampshire oil burner repairman, takes his family to Florida. There the Duboises meet their destiny in the form of a counterpoint family—that of Vanise Dorsinville, a woman who has fled Haiti with her infant and nephew for a better life in the U.S.
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