''Strong Motion'' is Creator/JonathanFranzen's second novel. Written in 1992 and set in UsefulNotes/{{Boston}}, it follows a large cast of characters and multiple storylines dealing with a bout of earthquakes, a family struggle over a large inheritance, corporate corruption, religious fervour and abortion.


* ActivistFundamentalistAntics
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Hollands.
* ComingOfAgeStory: For Louis.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Sweeting-Aldren management.
* DysfunctionJunction: Every character.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Louis and Renee.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Averted.
* MayDecemberRomance: Sort of. Renee being 7 years older than Louis is very evident in their differing levels of maturity, especially at the start of the book.
* TheSlacker: Louis Holland is a sympathetic variant.