The Corrections is a book from American author Jonathan Franzen and is a rich, realistic and hilarious story about a family breakdown. The story revolves around the troubles that are faced by an elderly couple and their three adult children. It follows their lives from the mid - twentieth century to one last Christmas together at the turn of the millennium.Enid Lambert, after fifty years as a wife and a mother, wants to have some fun. But Alfred, her husband, is losing his sanity and their children have left their parents long ago and have been leading their own lives. Alfred's condition worsens and the Lamberts are compelled to have a face - off with their failures and secrets. The kind of anxiety that can be found in the characters of the story have been interpreted by many as the same emotions that are often felt in the average American's life post 9/11.The book unfolds the civic virtue and sexual inhibitions that existed in the old - world times that clashed with the time of off - hand parenting, globalised greed and desires and a do - it - yourself mental health care system. The Lamberts are shown in the story as a traditional and repressed Midwestern family and the story moves back and forth in the early twentieth century. on a Christmas morning at St Judes, Enid and her three children confront Alfred's alarming mental and physical decline.The Corrections was published by Fourth Estate in 2007. The book is available in paperback. Key Features: The Corrections was awarded the National Book Award in the year 2001.