Franzen! Franzen! That's who this essay is about. She kept on talking about her boyfriend's lauded book and I kept on wondering who it was. It was another far from perfect essay in the collection. The fact that it is about Franzen is probably why it made it in. Hell, I even want to go back and reread the essay now that I know it is about Franzen.
From some Amazon review:
"Envy" by Kathryn Chetkovich. In this autobiographical essay, Chetkovich, an obscure short story writer, chronicles her romance to Jonathan Franzen who with his novel The Corrections becomes a publishing phenon, making her consumed with guilt for experiencing, against her own will, envy. She combines narrative with a sharp analysis of the causes and effects of envy in her life and shows how the condition is a universal one.