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    by Jonathan Franzen
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Virtual Event: Jonathan Franzen

presenting

Crossroads:
A Novel

in conversation with TONY TULATHIMUTTE

Date

Oct
6
Wednesday
October 6, 2021
7:00 PM ET

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Harvard Book Store, Politics and Prose, and Books & Books welcome acclaimed, bestselling novelist JONATHAN FRANZEN for a discussion of his latest, highly anticipated novel, Crossroads. He will be joined in conversation by Whiting Award–winning writer TONY TULATHIMUTTE, author of Private Citizens: A Novel.  

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About 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.

Praise for Crossroads

"[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)

Jonathan Franzen
Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is the author of five novels, including The Corrections, Freedom, and Purity, 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.

Photo Credit: Janet Fine

Tony Tulathimutte
Tony Tulathimutte

Tony Tulathimutte

Tony Tulathimutte’s novel Private Citizens was called “the first great millennial novel” by New York Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has written for the New York Times, VICE, WIRED, N+1, Playboy, The New Yorker, The New Republic, and others. He’s received a Whiting Award and an O. Henry Award, and currently runs CRIT, a writing class in Brooklyn.

Photo Credit: Beowulf Sheehan




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