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FSG & SKYLIGHT BOOKS PRESENT: JONATHAN FRANZEN in conversation with MONA SIMPSON

Join us for the West Coast virtual launch of Jonathan Franzen's novel CROSSROADS. This event is presented in partnership with FSG and other stores!

Purchase tickets here. Ticket price includes a copy of Crossroads and access to the virtual event. A limited number of signed copies are available, while supplies last. If you have any questions about your order, please contact us at events@skylightbooks.com.

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Crossroads (FSG)

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.

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.

Mona Simpson is the author of six novels. Her next novel, called Help and its Sequel, is forthcoming from Knopf in 2022.

Event date: 
Monday, October 18, 2021 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Crossroads: A Novel Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780374181178
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 5th, 2021

The Twenty-Seventh City: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250826589
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - October 12th, 2021

Strong Motion: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250823984
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - October 12th, 2021

Freedom: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250823991
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - October 12th, 2021

The Corrections: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250824028
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - October 12th, 2021

Purity: A Novel Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9781250824035
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Picador - October 12th, 2021

The End of the End of the Earth: Essays Cover Image
$17.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9781250234896
Published: Picador - March 31st, 2020