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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library FRA (Text) 33500013468897 New Checked out 12/17/2021
Cormorant LINK Site FRA (Text) 33500013468905 New Checked out 12/20/2021
Godel Memorial-Warren Library FRA (Text) 35500006517658 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780374181178
  • ISBN: 0374181179
  • Physical Description: 580 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021.

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Summary, etc.:
"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."-- Book jacket flap.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 September #1
    *Starred Review* A small Midwestern town during the height of the Vietnam era is the setting for Franzen's masterful, Tolstoyan saga of an unhappy family. Members of the dysfunctional Hildebrandt clan are deeply flawed, insecure, cringe-inducingly self-destructive, and, in Franzen's psychologically astute rendering, entirely authentic and human. Russ, the patriarch, is a woefully uncool associate pastor at a small-town church, embarrassed by his dowdy wife, Marion, as he lusts after a newly arrived, sexy young widow. Marion, meanwhile, still holds onto the inspiration for a youthful indiscretion that led to an emotional breakdown. Neither pays much attention to their children. Idealistic eldest son Clem dropped out of college to fight in Vietnam and follow his conscience. Daughter Becky draws everyone into her orbit but feels insubstantial compared to brilliant younger brother Perry, who turns to pharmaceuticals to stem his raging inner storm. Franzen adroitly portrays eternal generational conflicts as early idealism gives way to resigned reality and dreams fade into dull acceptance. This masterpiece of social realism vividly captures each character's internal conflicts as a response to and a reflection of societal expectations, while Franzen expertly explores the fissions of domestic life, mining the rich mineral beneath the sediments of familial discord. In this first volume of a promised trilogy, Franzen is in rarified peak form. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Big news: not only has Franzen, master of substantial fiction, delivered his first new novel since Purity (2015), he is also launching a major literary trilogy. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Jonathan Franzen is the author of five novels, including<i> The Corrections, Freedom</i>, and <i>Purity</i>, and five works of nonfiction, most recently <i>Farther Away</i> and <i>The End of the End of the Earth</i>, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Subject: Generations > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Middle West > Fiction.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Fiction.

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