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Jonathan Franzen


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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 fifty years.

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 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


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. Jonathan Franzen’s gift for melding the small picture and the

big picture has never been more dazzlingly evident.

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