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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.

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Jonathan Franzen is a master of the epic family dysfunction saga, and with Crossroads he delivers on his talent and gives readers his most commercial book since 2001’s The Corrections. During the 1971 Christmas season, the Hildebrant family is at a crossroads, if you will. Russ, the patriarch and associate pastor at his church, has recently fallen from grace in a scandal concerning the church’s youth group (also called Crossroads). At the same time, his four children are wading through issues of religion, drugs, Vietnam, social responsibility, and sex, while his wife is dealing with her own demons, madness, and body image problems. It''s classic Franzen—different narrators, different points of view, lots of interpersonal and internal drama. Crossroads is the first in a planned trilogy, and I am anticipating becoming even more invested in the lives of the Hildebrants, which makes this novel somehow even more satisfying. —Sarah Gelman, Amazon Editor

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Named a most anticipated book of the fall by The New York Times, USA Today, Oprah Daily, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Vulture, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Town & Country, The Guardian, Newsday, the Star Tribune, Lit Hub, Los Angeles magazine, Thrillist, The Week, and more…

"A mellow, marzipan-hued ’70s-era heartbreaker. Crossroads is warmer than anything [Franzen has] yet written, wider in its human sympathies, weightier of image and intellect . . . Franzen patiently clears space for the slow rise and fall of character, for the chiming of his themes and for a freight of events . . . [but] the character who cracks this novel fully open―she’s one of the glorious characters in recent American fiction―is Marion . . . The action in Crossroads flows and ebbs toward several tour-de-force scenes." ―Dwight Garner, The New York Times Book Review

"Thank God for Jonathan Franzen . . . With its dazzling style and tireless attention to the machinations of a single family, Crossroads is distinctly Franzen-esque, but it represents a marked evolution . . . It’s an electrifying examination of the irreducible complexities of an ethical life. With his ever-parsing style and his relentless calculation of the fractals of consciousness, Franzen makes a good claim to being the 21st century’s Nathaniel Hawthorne." ―Ron Charles, The Washington Post

"Superb . . . As with the best of Franzen’s fiction, the characters in Crossroads are held up to the light like complexly cut gems and turned to reveal facet after facet . . . Franzen has created characters of almost uncanny authenticity. Is there anything more a great novelist ought to do?" ―Laura Miller, Slate

"The Corrections was a masterpiece, but Crossroads is [Franzen''s] finest novel yet . . . He has arrived at last as an artist whose first language, faced with the society of greed, is not ideological but emotional, and whose emotions, fused with his characters, tend more toward sorrow and compassion than rage and self-contempt...” ―Frank Guan, Bookforum


"Like a latter-day George Eliot, Franzen can light up large thematic skies but also keep his eye on the sparrow." ―Thomas Mallon, The New York Times Book Review

“Franzen is a master of rendering the broad sweep of humanity through the (extremely human) minutia of a family. In Crossroads, I felt a frustration and fondness for the Hildebrandts so deep it was almost familial. This is, perhaps, [Franzen’s] greatest skill as a writer . . . What more could a reader ask for, really?” ―Jessie Gaynor, Lit Hub

"[A] pleasure bomb of a novel . . . New prospects are what keep [Crossroads] so engrossing, each section expanding on and deepening the poignancy of what has come before . . . . Few [writers] can take human contradiction and make it half as entertaining and intimate as Franzen does . . . A magnificent portrait of an American family on the brink of implosion . . . Crossroads is Act I of what’s bound to be an American classic." ―Lauren Mechling, Vogue

"Soulful, funny and so sharply observed it hurts . . . Crossroads gets this wildly ambitious [trilogy] off to a glorious start.” ―Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times

"[Crossroads] is carefully wrought, its neatly balanced architecture another clandestine source of its power." ―Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker

Crossroads is expansive and funny; a pure pleasure to read.” ―Xan Brooks, The Guardian

“Franzen brings to this novel a refreshing simplicity . . . What remains is family drama as high art. What remains is Franzen’s gift for interiority, his uncanny ability to take us into minds as fraught and depraved as our own.” ―Erin Somers, The A.V. Club

"A marvelous novel." ―Becca Rothfeld, The Atlantic

"Absolutely engrossing . . . There’s not a scenario in [Crossroads] that doesn’t ring true." ―Allison Arieff, San Francisco Chronicle

"Superbly rendered . . . [Crossroads is] a supremely skillful book, ingenious and practiced in its execution, on point in its small, historical details . . . ” ―Walter Kirn, Air Mail

"Franzen’s best novel." ―Sasha Frere-Jones, 4Columns

"[A] superb domestic epic . . . Franzen’s faith in fiction as a means to get at questions of goodness and righteousness is unshakable." ―Mark Athitakis, USA Today (Four out of Four Stars)

"This is peak Franzen, with richly created characters, conflicts and plot . . . The writing is a marvel." ―Rob Merrill, Associated Press

"Excellent . . . With Marion, [Franzen] reminds us that he’s actually one of our great novelists of female fury . . . Jonathan Franzen really is one of the great novelists of his generation. Crossroads stands ready and willing to prove it." ―Constance Grady, Vox

"[Franzen] imbues his books with big ideas, in this case about responsibility to family, self, God, country, and one’s fellow man, among other matters, all the while digging deep into his characters’ emotions, experiences, desires, and doubts in a way that will please readers seeking to connect to books heart-first . . . Franzen’s intensely absorbing novel is amusing, excruciating, and at times unexpectedly uplifting―in a word, exquisite.”―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Franzen returns with a sweeping and masterly examination of the shifting culture of early 1970s America, the first in a trilogy . . . Throughout, Franzen exhibits his remarkable ability to build suspense through fraught interpersonal dynamics. It’s irresistible." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[A] masterful, Tolstoian saga . . . Franzen adroitly portrays eternal generational conflicts . . . 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." ―Booklist (starred review)

“Franzen pens complex, densely layered characters . . . with America’s heartland functioning as a stage upon which the tension between enduring values and societal change is enacted . . . Franzen is keenly aware that human struggle is defined by understanding and acceptance and that it is generational, ideas he admirably captures here.” ―Library Journal (starred review)

“[Franzen] does not disappoint . . . [He writes] with penetrating insight delivered through incisive sentences . . . I can’t wait to read what happens next.” ―BookPage (starred review)

About the Author

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

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Aran Joseph CanesTop Contributor: Philosophy
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Happy Families are all Alike; Every Unhappy Family is Unhappy in its Own Way
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2021
This first line of Anna Karenina could easily serve as the epigraph of Crossroads. In some ways it is a Tolstoyean novel: a large sweep of characters, all connected in some ways to the central nuclear family of the Hildebrandts. The Hildebrandts appear to be a... See more
This first line of Anna Karenina could easily serve as the epigraph of Crossroads. In some ways it is a Tolstoyean novel: a large sweep of characters, all connected in some ways to the central nuclear family of the Hildebrandts.

The Hildebrandts appear to be a typical Midwestern parson’s family but, as always, appearances can deceive. The Hildebrandts are unhappy primarily because they’ve adopted the me generation’s supremacy of the ego. While not denying its positive aspects—an emphasis on personal growth for example—Franzen uses an adept pen to portray the hell the various characters create for each other in their pursuit of personal fulfillment.

Franzen also notices how American religion has changed from a strict moral code to a therapeutic mentality. The patriarch of the family, though readers will discover he really doesn’t deserve the term, struggles with his ministry, his marriage…in short, with practically everything. His wife feels unloved and unappreciated while the kids are experimenting with drugs and other less desirable aspects of hippie culture.

While avoiding theology, Crossroads, perhaps inspired by Tolstoy, does seem to insist on the importance of a focal point of love in one’s heart as the only way of resolving the crises brought on by the culture of me.

The narrative itself may be Franzen’s finest in creating realistic and sympathetic characters. The storylines are believable, the dialogue stimulating…while not humorous like some of his earlier novels it’s obvious that Franzen hasn’t lost his creative gifts.

If you are interested in such a fictional reckoning of the late sixties/early seventies mindset you will love Crossroads. Franzen fans will as well find it an admirable addition to his corpus. I, for one, can’t wait for the sequel.
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Lynne
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Boring
Reviewed in the United States on October 7, 2021
Well I have been a Franzen fan, but this book is truly tedious. I''ve read 50% and may endure. I don''t know what went wrong here. The characters are in the main unrealistic to the point of comedic. There is no one in the family that is either likable or despicable.... See more
Well I have been a Franzen fan, but this book is truly tedious. I''ve read 50% and may endure. I don''t know what went wrong here. The characters are in the main unrealistic to the point of comedic. There is no one in the family that is either likable or despicable. Perhaps because none of them are believable. Maybe if you are fascinated with Christianity then it would have appeal. I''m stunned at the stupidity of some of the main characters in the family. The prose are fine, but characters and plot are almost silly. It read like a long young adult book. Very strange.
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Tski2134
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Yet another failure
Reviewed in the United States on October 8, 2021
Jonathan Frantzen is a one hit wonder. I loved Corrections. He seduced us all with this incredible book. But then every book that followed has been worse and worse. Somehow I decided to give Crossroads a chance. What a mistake. Another disfunctional family story, come on... See more
Jonathan Frantzen is a one hit wonder. I loved Corrections. He seduced us all with this incredible book. But then every book that followed has been worse and worse. Somehow I decided to give Crossroads a chance. What a mistake. Another disfunctional family story, come on Jon! Soon a computer will be able to replace you. You generate same story, only it gets more and more tired under your typing fingers.....There is good news though, for the reader, it became obvious that I had to give it up only after reading just 10 pages. I just got completely swamped in the "crowd of characters" (how many new characters per page can be introduced? Is this some kind a new challenge), I truly tried several times to make sense out of it - I twice fell asleep on page 9, once managed to get half-way to page 11. I must report that it has been a pure torture. I almost think that you deliberately issued a new book to measure the "distance" from the first page to the page n - the exit page with a rather small n.

Just painfully boring. What happened to Frantzen?
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Compelling Quick Read, Can’t Wait for Next Installment
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2021
In this novel, Franzen gives us a family of 6 who live in suburban Chicago around 1970. They are beset by the secrets each keeps from the others, the increasing availability and temptations of illegal drugs, the loosening of sexual norms, the changing roles of women, and... See more
In this novel, Franzen gives us a family of 6 who live in suburban Chicago around 1970. They are beset by the secrets each keeps from the others, the increasing availability and temptations of illegal drugs, the loosening of sexual norms, the changing roles of women, and their respective struggles with faith and how to best live their beliefs. I read this book in one sitting and now find myself wondering when and where Franzen will situate Volume Two, as I imagine various life paths for each character. Having come of age in the same suburbs around 1970, I feel Franzen masterfully captured that time and place. Five stars for sure.
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ronaldk204
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WTF
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2021
So, what do we have here? We have Franzen writing a satire about a dysfunctional family daring his pretentious literary readers and pointy head critics to take it seriously. He’s making fun of you! And while suggesting this is just part of a trilogy no less. The book is... See more
So, what do we have here? We have Franzen writing a satire about a dysfunctional family daring his pretentious literary readers and pointy head critics to take it seriously. He’s making fun of you! And while suggesting this is just part of a trilogy no less. The book is nothing more than pages of mindless manic musings about goodness and religion. So what else is new. It isn’t even funny. Shame on the critics.
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Darcia Helle
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Beautifully Written
Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2021
Crossroads is a beautifully written story capturing all the complexities of human nature. This is a deep-dive, multiple POV character study that takes its time unfolding. We’re not in a rush to get anywhere because the people are the focus. Jonathan... See more
Crossroads is a beautifully written story capturing all the complexities of human nature.

This is a deep-dive, multiple POV character study that takes its time unfolding. We’re not in a rush to get anywhere because the people are the focus.

Jonathan Franzen transported me straight back to 1971, where I felt the turbulent generational divide alongside the personal struggles with religion, drugs, and identity. Mental health is a major undercurrent here, and it’s handled with honesty and respect.

Truly a powerful look at a family in crisis, and all the ways in which we misunderstand or simply don’t see one another.

Crossroads is the first book in A Key to All Mythologies trilogy, which will span three generations.

*I received an ARC from Farrar, Straus and Giroux.*
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J. Cetti
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disappointing
Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2021
I had read and loved this author''s early book ''Corrections''.....have it on my ''favorites'' list, so was expecting a more engaging narrative. I found the characters and story line in this tome dull and meandering and would not recommend this read to anyone.
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Jim F.
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Hugely enjoyable.
Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2021
Some reviews have said this isn''t up to the standard of "The Corrections" and that may, in fact, be true. But just as Hitchcock continued to direct post-Vertigo, and Sondheim continues to compose post- Sweeney, countless artists continue to hit very high marks in the wake... See more
Some reviews have said this isn''t up to the standard of "The Corrections" and that may, in fact, be true. But just as Hitchcock continued to direct post-Vertigo, and Sondheim continues to compose post- Sweeney, countless artists continue to hit very high marks in the wake of their respective "masterpiece." And so it is here. Mr. Franzen presents a wholly believable and intriguingly complex set of characters, writes dialogue that is consistently pitch perfect, and propels the experience with continuously surprising events that keep the reader off-center in anticipating what comes next. And it all comes wrapped in a deliciously ironic tone. If you don''t come expecting another "Corrections," but are nonetheless content to enjoy very high caliber fiction-writing, you are likely to thoroughly enjoy. I sure did!
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