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Crossroads

#1 Key to All Mythologies

Jonathan Franzen

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HARPER360
05 October 2021
Set in a historical moment of moral crisis, Crossroads is the stunning foundation of a sweeping investigation of human mythologies, as the Hildebrandt family navigate the political and social crosscurrents of the past 50 years.

'The Corrections was a masterpiece, but Crossroads is Franzen's finest novel yet.' Bookforum


It's 23 December 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.

Franzen's novels are celebrated for their unforgettably vivid characters and their keen-eyed take on the complexities of contemporary America. Now, for the first time, in Crossroads, Franzen explores the history of a generation. With characteristic humour and complexity, and with even greater warmth, he conjures a world that feels no less immediate.

A tour de force of interwoven perspectives and sustained suspense, Crossroads is the story of a Midwestern family at a historical moment of moral crisis. Franzen's gift for melding the small picture and the big picture has never been more dazzlingly evident.

'Franzen is a master of rendering the broad sweep of humanity through the (extremely human) minutia of a family. What more could a reader ask for, really?' Lit Hub
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Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   Book 1
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 35mm
Weight:   760g
ISBN:   9780008308902
ISBN 10:   000830890X
Series:   Key to All Mythologies
Pages:   592
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jonathan Franzen's work includes four novels (The Twenty-Seventh City, Strong Motion, The Corrections, Freedom), two collections of essays (Farther Away, How To Be Alone), a memoir (The Discomfort Zone), and, most recently, The Kraus Project. He is recognised as one of the best American writers of our age and has won many awards. He lives in New York City and Santa Cruz, California.

Reviews for Crossroads (#1 Key to All Mythologies)

Praise for Jonathan Franzen: 'A literary genius for our time' Guardian 'Arguably America's greatest living novelist' Daily Telegraph 'Franzen is that rare bird: a literary novelist of the highest distinction who has also become one of the bestsellers of the age' Evening Standard 'Franzen's words crackle with wit humour and wisdom' Shortlist


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