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Crossroads

By: Jonathan Franzen
Narrated by: David Pittu
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It’s 23 December 1971, and the Hildebrandts are at a crossroads. Fifteen-year-old Perry has resolved to be a better person and quit dealing drugs to seventh graders. His sister Becky, the once straight-laced high school social queen, has veered into counterculture, while at college, Clem is wrestling with a decision that might tear his family apart. As their parents–Russ, a suburban pastor, and Marion, his restless wife–tug against the bonds of a joyless marriage, Crossroads finds a family, and a nation, struggling to do the right thing.

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A GUARDIAN BEST FICTION BOOK OF 2021 • AN INDEPENDENT BOOK OF THE YEAR • A WHITE REVIEW BOOK OF THE YEAR • A LIT HUB BOOK OF THE YEAR

©2021 Jonathan Franzen (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A literary genius for our time." (Guardian)

"Arguably America’s greatest living novelist." (Daily Telegraph)

"Franzen is that rare bird: a literary novelist of the highest distinction who has also become one of the bestsellers of the age." (Evening Standard)

"His best novel yet.... A Middlemarch-like triumph." (Telegraph)

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I wanted to like this but I didn’t

Having finally finished Crossroads I just feel relief. I know Franzen has mastery of his craft, but I struggled to like or identify with any of the characters (except perhaps Clem). As a satire it was particularly brutal and I suspect that having grown up in Australia, where Christianity is less intrusive, I simply had my prejudices reinforced. Here was a family of Christians who seemed to ignore the tenets of their faith and I felt little sympathy for their wallowing self loathing. I was also jarred by the level of hatred being spewed. Perhaps I missed the point...cultural differences and all that, but I won’t be hanging out for the two other volumes of the trilogy.

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A rich saga

This story is long and satisfying as it delves into this family with all its nuances and idiosyncrasies. With the backdrop of the 70s, women’s liberation movement, racism and religion, a fantastic read.

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Disappointing for a Franzén

This story although at times compelling left me completely confused as to what the point of it was. There wasn’t a likeable character to be found. Including first Nations Characters was naïvely done and there was such a thick white colonial lens through which that part of the Story was told, It was all just very disappointing. Franzén would benefit from learning some cultural humility.

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Tiresome book filled with unlikable characters

I have never wanted a book to end with all the major characters dying as I have with this one. What a bunch of deeply creepy, narcissistic assholes and boring situations.

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Fantastic book!

Fantastic story - it is as good as The Corrections! Full of twists and turns and not a dull moment. I could not stop listening….

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Entertaining and thought provoking

A family drama/ saga set against the backdrop of the early 1970s, and everything that brought, from hippies to happy clappy Christianity . Classic Franzen; dysfunctional families, flawed mixed up characters, drugs, sex, desire, dark comedy. I enjoyed this more than any of his other novels. It’s a fun journey but there are plenty of issues along the way to make you think. What does it mean to be good? Are Christian good deeds just to make us feel good? Do we owe our siblings anything? To name just a few. If there were Oscar nominations for reading an audiobook then David Pittu would surely get the nod - fantastic performance!

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Horrid people

This author writes well, but it felt as if all the characters were flawed pretty much all of the time. All this from a family you’d expect to be good people. If there were one or two mis-steps, fine, but it was hard to find anything positive and thus the story seemed unbelievable. I’m glad to be done with it.

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Crossroads

After reading some great reviews was interested to listen to this book. Unfortunately all of the characters are awful and the dominance of religion which contributes to how awful they all are make it a difficult read. Self indulgent tripe.

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Intricate characters and complicated relationships

Franzen’s talent for creating characters that you truly know is unquestionable and this book is no different. Magnificent character arcs and unexpected ones too. Narrator had a beautiful voice but he would become super breathy with the female characters, which took away from their strength. Particularly with Becky as it turns out.

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Hard work and disappointing

Felt self indulgent and took a lot to stay with it
Ending felt like just ran out of steam

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