Franzen is a long-time favorite of the president — his book “Freedom” made Obama’s summer 2010 list during the First Family’s vacation in Martha’s Vineyard that year. And for a fan of “The Wire,” it’s not surprising that Obama selected noir writer Price’s most recent work.
The Three Body Problem is a translation from the original Chinese science fiction novel that has won critical acclaim in the United States. Since it focuses on a young astrophysicist who suffers during the Chinese Revolution, it seems unlikely that this particular reading recommendation came up during Obama’s discussions with President Xi Jinping during this fall’s state visit. But it could make for an interesting conversation starter during Obama’s visit to China next fall.