Jonathan Franzen with Kathy Wang - Crossroads

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 7:00pm

Thursday, October 7, 7pm CT
Private Online Event - Book Purchase Required

Left Bank Books, Anderson's Bookshop, Literati Books, McLean and Eakin, and Magers & Quinn welcome bestselling author & St. Louis native
Jonathan Franzen,
who will discuss his new book
on October 7th at 7pm CT in a private online event.
Franzen will be in conversation with author of Family Trust and Impostor Syndrome,
Kathy Wang.
This is an exclusive event that requires purchase of a SIGNED copy (while supplies last)* of

from Left Bank Books for admission.
*We have a limited supply of signed copies. All attendees will receive a copy of Crossroads.
About Crossroads

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.

"[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)


About our Speakers

Jonathan Franzen is the author of six novels, including The CorrectionsFreedomPurity, and now Crossroads, just published this week, as well as five works of nonfiction, most recently The End of the End of the Earth and The Kraus Project, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He lives in Santa Cruz, California. 

Kathy Wang is the author of Family Trust and Impostor Syndrome. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School, and lives in the Bay Area with her husband and two children.


You may purchase a SIGNED copy (while supplies last) of Crossroads from Left Bank Books online or by phone. You must provide an email address to be invited to the private online event. If you have purchased the book from Left Bank, you will receive an email event reminder a few days prior to the event. You will receive the email with the link to join the private online event the DAY OF the event.


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