Virtual Event: Jonathan Franzen with Maria Semple — Crossroads

This is a virtual event taking place via Zoom Webinar. Purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

Third Place Books, Powell's Books, Elliott Bay Book Company, Roundabout Books, Village Books, and Auntie's Bookstore are thrilled celebrate the release of Crossroads, the new novel by Jonathan Franzen and the first volume in his A Key to All Mythologies trilogy. He will be joined in conversation by Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go Bernadette and Today Will be Different.

All tickets include a copy of Jonathan Franzen's new novel, Crossroads, shipped to the address you provide. Please note: Third Place Books CANNOT offer international shipping at this time.

UPDATE: We are SOLD OUT of our limited supply of signed editions. Thank you!


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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.


Praise for Crossroads. . .

"A marvelous novel." 
—Becca Rothfeld, The Atlantic

"With its dazzling style and tireless attention to the machinations of a single family, Crossroads is distinctly Franzen-esque, but it represents a marked evolution . . . It’s an electrifying examination of the irreducible complexities of an ethical life."
—Ron Charles, The Washington Post

"Like a latter-day George Eliot, Franzen can light up large thematic skies but also keep his eye on the sparrow." 
—Thomas Mallon, The New York Times Book Review

"Funny, moving, [and] crackling with life."
—Jon Day, Financial Times

"Excellent . . . With Marion, [Franzen] reminds us that he’s actually one of our great novelists of female fury . . . Jonathan Franzen really is one of the great novelists of his generation. Crossroads stands ready and willing to prove it." 
—Constance Grady, Vox

Jonathan Franzen is the author of six novels, including The Corrections, Freedom, Purity, and now Crossroads, 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. 

Maria Semple is the author of Where'd You Go Bernadette, This One is Mine and Today Will be Different. Before turning to fiction, she wrote for TV. Her credits include Arrested Development, Mad About You, and Ellen. She lives in Seattle.

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