Jonathan Franzen was born in 1959 in Chicago and grew up in St Louis. He is the author of five novels, including Purity (2015), Freedom (2010) and The Corrections (2001), which won The National Book Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. In 1996 he was selected as one of Granta‘s Best Young American Novelists. A collection of his essays, How to be Alone, was published in 2002 and a memoir, The Discomfort Zone, in 2006. He is a Guggenheim Fellow and a frequent contributor to the New Yorker. He lives in New York City.