Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen audiobook

Crossroads: A Novel

By Jonathan Franzen
Read by David Pittu

Macmillan Audio 9780374181178

The Key to All Mythologies Series: Book 1

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781250810564

  • ISBN: 9781250810564

Runtime: 24.95 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

Crossroads is the story of a Midwestern family at a pivotal moment of moral crisis.

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 has 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.

Crossroads is a tour de force of interwoven perspectives and sustained suspense, its action largely unfolding on a single winter day. Jonathan Franzen’s gift for melding the small picture and the big picture has never been more dazzlingly evident.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A mellow, marzipan-hued ’70s-era heartbreaker….[with] several tour-de-force scenes.” New York Times Book Review
“A magnificent portrait of an American family on the brink of implosion.” Vogue
"Superb…The characters in Crossroads are held up to the light like complexly cut gems and turned to reveal facet after facet.” Slate
“Their internal battles…are set against the backdrop of an era in which ‘love’ is everywhere but empathy is in short supply, where hugs are liberally dispensed but real connection’s harder to come by…Amusing, excruciating, and at times unexpectedly uplifting―in a word, exquisite.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“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)

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Author

Author Bio: Jonathan Franzen

Author Bio: Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen is the author of five novels, including four New York Times bestsellers, and seven works of nonfiction. The Corrections won the National Book Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Kunste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 24.95
Audience: Adult
Language: English