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Crossroads

Crossroads
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Roxanne, Nora and Doug all loved this novel. Roxanne says: Crossroads is Franzen's first novel since the National Book Award winning The Corrections that smacks of his original genius.   Gloriously the tale of a 1960's Chicago minister led family of six is the start of a trilogy.  The type of book you can't put down, I banned it from night time reading due to the thrilling descent of some of the characters.  Hungry for the next two, which is saying something considering the book's 500+ pages.   

Nora says: After a long hiatus, Jonathan Franzen fans will devour this highly anticipated doorstop of a novel. Has Franzen mellowed with age? Crossroads examines family life, morality and faith, but perhaps in a less acerbic, harsh manner than in his earlier novels. If you crave a story with multiple points of view about a very relatable family, this is the book for you.

Jonathan Franzen's gift for wedding depth and vividness of character with breadth of social vision has never been more dazzlingly evident than in Crossroads.

It's December 23, 1971, and heavy weather is forecast for Chicago. Russ Hildebrandt, the associate pastor of a liberal suburban church, is on the brink of breaking free of a marriage he finds joyless--unless his wife, Marion, who has her own secret life, beats him to it. Their eldest child, Clem, is coming home from college on fire with moral absolutism, having taken an action that will shatter his father. Clem's sister, Becky, long the social queen of her high-school class, has sharply veered into the counterculture, while their brilliant younger brother Perry, who's been selling drugs to seventh graders, has resolved to be a better person. Each of the Hildebrandts seeks a freedom that each of the others threatens to complicate.

Jonathan Franzen's novels are celebrated for their unforgettably vivid characters and for their keen-eyed take on contemporary America. Now, in Crossroads, Franzen ventures back into the past and explores the history of two generations. With characteristic humor and complexity, and with even greater warmth, he conjures a world that resonates powerfully with our own.

A tour de force of interwoven perspectives and sustained suspense, its action largely unfolding on a single winter day, Crossroads is the story of a Midwestern family at a pivotal moment of moral crisis. Jonathan Franzen's gift for melding the small picture and the big picture has never been more dazzlingly evident.

ISBN: 
9780374181178
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Binding: 
Hardcover
Publication Date: 
October 5, 2021
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