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    Description

    The instant New York Times best seller

    A Guardian Best Fiction Book of 2021

    An Independent Book of the Year

    A White Review Book of the Year

    A Lit Hub Best Book of the Year

    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.

    A White Review Book of the Year

    A Lit Hub Best Book of the Year

    It’s 23rd December 1971, and heavy weather is the 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 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. Jonathan Franzen’s gift for melding the small picture and the big picture has never been more dazzlingly evident.

    ©2021 Jonathan Franzen (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

    Commentaires

    "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)

    "His best novel yet.... A Middlemarch-like triumph." (Telegraph)

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    S'il s'agit du tome 1 d'une trilogie, je me passerai de la suite. J'ai adoré tous les bouquins de Franzen jusqu'ici, même "Purity" que la critique avait dézingué. Mais ici on nage dans la série télé. Quant au lecteur, ce n'est qu'en accélérant la vitesse de lecture que j'ai réussi à le supporter: une élocution pâteuse et pompeuse qui dessert encore le bouquin.

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    I love this book

    Fascinating story with an excellent reader. A real treasure with much wisdom of life

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    Un roman absorbant et une lecture pleine de contrastes où chacun a sa voix

    Je n’ai pas vu le temps passer ! Et je voulais ajouter que la lecture est particulièrement remarquable : il y a beaucoup de personnages et ils ont chacun leur voix, sachant que le livre est plein de dialogue… C’est du beau travail.