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Crossroads
Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
The highly anticipated new novel from one of our greatest living writers. It's December 23, 1971, and the Hildebrandt family is at a crossroads. The patriarch, Russ, the associate pastor of a suburban Chicago church, is poised to break free of a marriage he finds joyless--unless his brilliant and unstable wife, Marion, breaks free of it first. Their eldest child, Clem, is coming home from college afire 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 veered into the era's counterculture, while their younger brother Perry, fed up with selling pot to support his drug habit, has firmly resolved to be a better person. Each of the Hildebrandts seeks a freedom that each of the others threatens to complicate. Universally recognized as the leading novelist of his generation, Jonathan Franzen is often described as a teller of family stories. Only now, though, in Crossroads, has he given us a novel in which a family, in all the intricacy of its workings, is truly at the centre. By turns comic and harrowing, a tour-de-force of interwoven perspectives and sustained suspense, Crossroads is the first volume of a trilogy, A Key to All Mythologies, that will span three generations and trace the inner life of our culture through the present day. Complete in itself, set in a historical moment of moral crisis, and reaching back to the early twentieth century, Crossroads serves as a foundation for a sweeping investigation of human mythologies, as the Hildebrandt family navigates the political, intellectual and social crosscurrents of the past fifty years. 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.
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LisaLovesToRead
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I am glad I flipped to a physical book instead of e-book to read this. It is the first in a trilogy. Now I‘m eagerly waiting for #2! The characters are relatable — complicated with good, bad, & annoying characteristics in each.

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mija333
Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
Bailedbailed

It started making sense at page 53 but by then I was too frustrated. Bail.

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Mkhoshy
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Unlike all the other novels of his I've read; very focused and way less of him showing off what a great writer he is. Truth is I loved freedom best - it was all over the place and every sentence felt like franzen saying LOOK HOW GREAT MY WRITING IS. I did like this though, and I will read parts 2 and 3 when they come out (though it will take him at least a decade to write them).

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Kimberlone
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Mehso-so

Mixed feelings on this one. This was my first Franzen, though I am familiar with his books by reputation. If you prefer a book with forward moving plot and a conclusive ending, this isn‘t the book for you. If you‘re looking for richly drawn characters with deep backstories, who are struggling with moral ambiguity, mental illness, temptation, crises of faith, and complicated relationships, then you might love this book. 👇🏼

Kimberlone Set in suburban Chicago in the early 1970s, Crossorads follows members of the Hildebrand family: Russ (former Mennonite & conscientious objector, now associate pastor at a liberal non-denominational church), Marion (his wife w/ deep buried family trauma and history of mental illness), and their 4 children. The titular Crossroads is a youth fellowship many of the characters are involved with. Franzen excels at White People Problems™️ (edited) 2mo
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AmyG
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Volunteering today at the hospital giftshop and starting my #Bookspin book. So far it is a SLOW day so I should get lots of reading done.

Kimberlone I just finished this one on audio! 2mo
AmyG @Kimberlone Ha! I just saw that. 2mo
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AmyG
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I only do #Bookspin. My May book.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
Megabooks That‘s a good one and plenty long to keep you busy! (edited) 2mo
AmyG Thanks @Megabooks -It looks like a big one! 2mo
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peacegypsy
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This wordy volume presents many interesting ideas for contemplation, but one can‘t help but wonder if it would be more effective as a collection of short stories. This is my first reading of Franzen, and I listened to it via audio instead of reading it, and I‘m always curious how that changes my perception of a book. Even at this length, it did hold my interest; I just think he could have done so as efficiently with fewer words.

Leftcoastzen I like this one better 2mo
peacegypsy @Leftcoastzen Thanks for the recommendation. I‘ll try that soon! 2mo
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DrexEdit
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So it seems that people either love or hate Johnathan Franzen & feel similarly toward his books. That said I think the book was worth the time invested. It's a pick if you don't mind JF. If you don't like him, this won't change your mind. It's still very Franzen-y.

I'm going to put this on my #ChunksterChallenge2022 list also! Nearly 600 pages and it's the start of a trilogy! I guess that makes it a #SeriesRead2022 also!
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DrexEdit The best part here, I think, is the depiction of family relationships and interior lives of the characters. The writing is solid, but not fancy or inspiring really. None of the characters is really likeable if that is a box you check for your reading. You may sympathize or empathize with them though. Set on the backdrop of the 70s, it's all about how a person leads a moral life (or tries to) and is a good person, or if that is even possible. ⬇ 3mo
DrexEdit And I still don't like the way JF treats women characters. It seems out of all the crisis stories in this family depiction, the mother and the daughter come off with the worst stories and the worst fates. There are some connections to Middlemarch that I only realized after finishing the book and reading some reviews. Now that #Chunkster is on my list! Thanks @SerialReader! 3mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 3mo
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DrexEdit
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1. This weekend I'm working on finishing up Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen.

2. I almost never go to the library anymore. (Is that sad?) I put the books I want on hold and my husband, who works at the library, picks them up for me. It's a good system that always leaves me overwhelmed in books!

3. the last disc of season 2 of Succession! Woot!

#WeekendReads
@rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain I don't think there's a wrong way to get your library books! Holds make everything super convenient 4mo
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Leftcoastzen
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The quote from Tolstoy about unhappy families being unhappy in their own way really applies to this family, the Hildebrandts .Set in 1971 , assistant pastor Russ is lusting after a widow in the church group, his wife is remembering her difficult past pre marriage, which she never explained to her husband.The kids are struggling,sex,drugs, the possibility of Vietnam for the oldest. Franzen says this is part of a trilogy.There was one part thought⬇️

Leftcoastzen Franzen was losing his way or putting one over on us a bit..maybe the later books will tell. still recommend, though it didn‘t really get me going till about page 85 .. (edited) 4mo
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CarolynM
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#unpopularopinion
I think this book is phony. Very little rings true for me. I'm not convinced Franzen has ever truly known a woman, let alone a member of a clergy family & his lack of insight in describing his characters' experience of the divine was marked. Even the set up was weak - every member of the family (other than the 9 year old) at a crisis point on the same day? Really? It was a book group choice or I would have bailed. 👇

CarolynM 👆 It's a near thing, but I'm going with so-so rather than pan because it was always readable, just never really believable. 4mo
batsy I love how bold that first sentence is 🤩 The Corrections is one of the few books I've bailed on & I never wanted to read Franzen again, but so many positive reviews for this made me wonder if I judged him too hastily. In any case it's good to know it can fall further down the TBR. 4mo
sprainedbrain I wasn‘t impressed with this either. Great review! 4mo
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CarolynM @batsy I bailed on The Corrections because I just wasn't interested in it. I wouldn't have chosen to read this but it was an IRL book group choice. Interestingly, one of the group who liked The Corrections disliked this one as much as I did and for much the same reasons. 4mo
CarolynM @sprainedbrain Thanks🙂 Glad it wasn't just me. 4mo
MrsMalaprop How fascinating! My husband is on the final pages. Dare I ask him what he thinks & share your thoughts? 🤔😆 (Love me a robust discussion). 4mo
Reggie I like a spicy so-so take! 4mo
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop Share away. I'd be interested to know what he thinks too. 4mo
CarolynM @Reggie 🌶 at your service🤣 4mo
Centique @batsy I didn‘t bail on The Corrections and wished I had, so you‘re one up on me 😂 Thank you for calling it @CarolynM ! ✊ 4mo
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peacegypsy
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Time to start this via audio.

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Brimful
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This was engrossing and compelling. The characters were beautifully crafted. The 1970s setting was so credible. I loved my immersion into the complicated flawed lives of the family and the resonances between their lives and the big issues of the time- war, religion, sexual liberation and drugs. Whilst they have not become friends exactly I do want to know what happens next and how if at all they resolve their demons. Roll on part 2.

Cathythoughts Atmospheric picture 👍 5mo
Brimful @Cathythoughts we have had some wonderful winter sunsets here in the south east of England 5mo
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Brimful
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It‘s a very long time since I read franzen. I loved The Corrections but nothing else really appealed. Then in the Waterstones hardback sale I chose this. After a slow start I am loving it. Only problem is it‘s too heavy to carry on my commute!

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Readerann
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Mehso-so

I can‘t seem to resist Franzen even though he, in turn, enthralls, disgusts, fascinates, and annoys me.

rmaclean4 I am on the fence about this one. 5mo
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Leftcoastzen
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So I start reading, is this going to be too churchy , too preachy ..😬my interest is wavering..🙄get to around page 85 , it just clicks & there comes the razor sharp caustic descriptions of a middle class 1970s family on the cusp of implosion!Oh,Franzen!😀

MrsMalaprop My husband is reading & enjoying this one right now. 😊 5mo
Megabooks I was about to say, hang on keep reading! Glad you did. 😁 5mo
readordierachel I love when that happens. When you're iffy on a book and then it just clicks 💕 5mo
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The sky broken by the bare oaks and elms of New Prospect was full of moist promise, a pair of frontal systems grayly colluding to deliver a white Christmas, when Russ Hildebrandt made his morning rounds among the homes of the bedridden and senile parishioners in his Plymouth Fury wagon.

#FirstLineFridays
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Chelsea.Poole
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Another epic from Franzen, this one about the Hildebrandt family in the 70s. Russ and Marion have 4 children: Clem, Becky, Perry, and Judson. Each (minus the youngest, Judson) has their own involved stories with themes of war, mental illness, faith and religion, faithfulness, addiction, and ultimately, with each story, finding one‘s place in the world.
No one writes characters like Franzen. I can‘t wait to see what unfolds with the planned series.

AmyG Great review. I look forward to this one. 5mo
BarbaraBB Me too! 5mo
Megabooks Same! 5mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Spent my morning organizing some reading lists, starting my 2022 list of titles I‘ve read, and started the Franzen. With the help of some hot tea ☕️ 🕯

Texreader Sounds like a great way to spend the morning! 6mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#WeekendReading After doing some cleaning & fixing at moms rental , the only thing I‘m good for tonight is reading or film. I‘m reading Libertie my #bookspin Crusades for Justice my #doublespin and trying to get back to the Franzen .I loved his book , The Corrections, wish I was as drawn to this one.

vivastory Do you know what you're going to watch? I was planning on going to see Nightmare Alley, but am basically taking pre-vaccine precautions for the next month until this wave passes. 6mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory me too ,our numbers here need to go down! I have not been to a theater since all this started. Should have gone in the summer ! I want to see Nightmare Alley too ! Nothing set in my brain probably something on Criterion.Did you ever watch On The Bowery? Working men & real drunks , no plot really but Bowery NY at its most gritty . Think it‘s just an hour. 6mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory I settled for Pickup on South Street , Thelma Ritter is fantastic! (edited) 6mo
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vivastory @Leftcoastzen I love Pickup on South Street! I haven't watched On The Bowery yet, adding to my list! 6mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Shock Corridor is another great Fuller movie 6mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory thanks, I will check that out. I‘ve seen South Street before, but it‘s been awhile & I love it! 6mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory oh also Sidney Poitiers first appearance No Way Out is up on Criterion, a Joseph Mankiewicz 6mo
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StellaB
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Probably my favourite author, and I was really looking forward to his latest book. I found myself wondering, once again, how it‘s possible that a single writer can portray so many human experiences, emotions and thought processes, and so realistically.
One side effect of getting to know the characters‘ weaknesses and vulnerabilities so very well is that they become a little difficult to like 🙂 But overall this is an incredible achievement.

Brimful I got this one for Christmas- looking forward to it 6mo
StellaB @Brimful Enjoy! 6mo
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notreallyelaine
Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen

“I don‘t deserve joy!”
“No one does. It‘s a gift from God.”

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Paperback.Propensity
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I really enjoyed this one. It's my first time reading Jonathan Franzen, and I'm so glad I picked it up. His characters are so real. This family will stay with me.

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sprainedbrain
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My expression while listening to most of this book: 😒

Don‘t get me wrong, the writing is really great (if a bit long-winded) and the author really gets in to the messiness of family, religion, mental health, and other complex issues, but it‘s hard to call a book a pick when I didn‘t like most of the characters and outright loathed two of them.

Did not help that it‘s narrated by David Pittu, who I apparently can‘t hang with.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

Leftcoastzen What‘s weird, I‘m reading it and not liking it much , I abandoned Freedom,didn‘t even try Purity after reading reviews.He may be a one book guy or at least a one book guy for me . I can‘t tell you how much I adored 6mo
sprainedbrain @Leftcoastzen that is good to know! This was my first of his, and I did think it well written. Maybe I will give The Corrections a shot! 6mo
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staci.reads
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My daughters and I decided to make the drive and hit up B&N's 50% off hardcovers sale. It was pretty picked over by the time we got there yesterday afternoon, but we still walked away with a few good ones and had a fun day together ❤.

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Paperback.Propensity
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"Luckier snowflakes were blindly evading the Fury while others met their end on the windshield."

I just love the way Franzen constructs his sentences, the way he makes you look at something in a whole different way. This sentence is very creative.

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cariashley
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Merry bookmas, chunkster edition! 📚🎄

My mom did a good job this year - these were all on my list. Especially happy to get the Ozeki for #TOB22.

MrsMalaprop Got my hubby the Franzen for Christmas. Enjoy 😊. 6mo
BkClubCare Strong arm there! 💪 6mo
cariashley @BkClubCare it was quite the workout 🤣 6mo
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Paperback.Propensity
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[Last night]
Merry Christmas!

Nute Merry Christmas!❤️🌟💚 6mo
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Beatlefan129
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@Skeebies05 Amazing!!! You really went above and beyond this year! Thank you so much and hope your Christmas is Merry and Bright ❤️🎄

Skeebies05 💜💜💜 6mo
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jdiehr
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@bridge12 You knocked it out of the park!! I'm so excited to read Crossroads and the candy specifically from Kansas City looks awesome! Also - the card 😂

#jolabokaflodswap is always so much fun!

Thanks again @MaleficentBookDragon
#jolabokaflod

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I love that card. 6mo
bridge12 Yeah! Have a wonderful holiday season ❤️ 6mo
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TrishB
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Thank you lovely friends for gifts and cards- Cindy, Cathy, Helen, Katie and Jess.
I love all these and thank you for continuing friendships and book-talks ❤️❤️

batsy Pretty cards! And I thought I was done with Franzen but I'm curious about this one 🙂 6mo
thewallflower0707 Lovely! 6mo
squirrelbrain Ooh, Crossroads…I really liked it! 6mo
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Cathythoughts Happy Christmas Trish 😘🎄 6mo
TrishB @batsy I‘m very curious too! 6mo
TrishB @squirrelbrain I was just looking at the reviews and saw you liked. I love a good family saga tbh. 6mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts you too Cathy ❤️ hope you and the family have a wonderful time. 6mo
Cinfhen I think you‘re gonna like Crossroads @TrishB and it works for #Booked2022 #AboutReligionOrCult 6mo
TrishB @Cinfhen it definitely sounds like my sort of thing! 6mo
youneverarrived Have a lovely Christmas 🎄 6mo
LeahBergen Lovely gifts! 😍 6mo
TrishB @youneverarrived you too 🎄🥂 6mo
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Howard_L
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This is much more engaging and compelling than The Corrections, which I wasn‘t as enthusiastic about as the critics apparently were. I hesitated to begin another of his novels but find myself enjoying the story of all the crossroads encountered by the family of Russ Hildebrandt, associate pastor of First Reformed Church in a Chicago suburb in the early seventies.

DrexEdit This #chunkster is on my list for 2022! 6mo
Megabooks I‘ll definitely read the sequel. 6mo
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thevagabondlawyer
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It took me more than a month to finish reading this massive book (580 pages) and Mr. Franzen delivers his story magnanimously. Like his previous novel, The Corrections, which I have loved, Crossroads is an exploration of fractured family dynamics, spiritual and religious tensions, infidelity, jealousy, 👇

thevagabondlawyer addiction and so much more. Franzen is known for his acuity and prolificacy. He is a wordsmith through and through. This novel is quite an immersive journey. Sometimes bumpy, sometimes perplexing, but in the end, a rich and fulfilling reading experience. 👏👊 6mo
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nathandrake1997
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Family....a word that means a myriad of things for each one of us. For some....its a safe space, for some....its because of whom we are seeking a safe space. A group of people that either understand us the most.....or misunderstand the most. A family is probably the most profound existential manifestation of a paradox. (Continued in the comments)

nathandrake1997 ....It is this paradox that Jonathan Franzen treats as the central theme in his brilliant new novel CROSSROADS.... 6mo
nathandrake1997 ....We follow the Hildebrandt family....mostly on one particular day that brings them to a moral and existential crossroads....with the layers of each of the members peeled of them with the kind of intricate precision harnessed by a master craftsman.... 6mo
nathandrake1997 ....and a master craftsman Franzen indeed is....for the most part. Franzen puts each character through an existential wringer and attempts to figure their way out of their respective existential quandaries.... 6mo
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nathandrake1997 ....The high points in the book are the ones that are focused more on characters than plot. There is one particularly exquisite chapter that spans a page length of more than 50 pages....a chapter I was so absorbed by that I didn't realise when the pages flew by.... 6mo
nathandrake1997 ....Franzen attempts to do something similar with another pivotal character in the second half of the book.... although that attempt doesn't feel as successful as last time...and that brings me to one of my issues with the book.... 6mo
nathandrake1997 ....The writing.... especially at the second half....can feel a bit too clunky and for a book that is primarily about characters...the second half gets a bit too plot focused....an approach that compromises immersion considerably at times and for a book spanning a tome's length....it can make the reading experience a bit tiring.... 6mo
nathandrake1997 ....Honestly....I don't know how to express this....but at times....this feels like a book written by two different people. There are sections which are so brilliant that I actually felt this might end up becoming one of my favourite books of the year..... 6mo
nathandrake1997 ....But then.... there are some sections that feel so rushed and middling in execution that it made me wish for the last page to arrive as soon as possible. That in turn made me think that..... isn't this tiringly clunky chapter written by the same guy who wrote the previous brilliant chapter? The second half in particular is where I came across this a considerable amount of instances..... 6mo
nathandrake1997 ....But inspite of my gripes.....this nevertheless is a book I would recommend....for its high points which are definitely worth reading....and also for its incredibly fleshed out characters that I can't wait to see more of in future installments of Franzen's planned "A KEY TO ALL MYTHOLOGIES" trilogy of which, CROSSROADS is the first book. 6mo
Suet624 You capture Franzen's writing so beautifully. 6mo
nathandrake1997 @Suet624 Thank you so much Sue ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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Cinfhen
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I thought I would have enjoyed this book more than I actually did. I felt it‘s heaviness, both physically and emotionally but I grew restless with the religious aspects & loquaciousness of the author. Franzen crafted some really interesting characters, I loved Marion (until the last 25 pages) but the book was about 200 pages too many for me. I‘m sure I‘ll pick up the next book (FoMo), but hoping it‘s less of a tome. #ToBLongList

BarbaraBB That‘s disappointing, my expectations are very high! Do you think it‘ll make the longlist? 7mo
Cinfhen I do! It‘s probably more me than the book. Lately I‘ve become a fidgety reader. I don‘t like long winded paragraphs and endless backstory. The book was just wayyyyy to long for me. I think you‘ll enjoy it @BarbaraBB 😘 7mo
Ruthiella @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I also have the feeling this will make the shortlists . Just a hunch... I‘ve only read one book from Franzen so far. (edited) 7mo
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Cinfhen Yeah @Ruthiella he‘s a prolific author who tends to garner literary attention. (edited) 7mo
Megabooks You would‘ve enjoyed this more as an audiobook I think. I know I could‘ve only made it through in that medium. 7mo
BkClubCare I am going to pass on this book despite the low hum of a nagging FOMO feeling. 7mo
Cinfhen I tried a sample of the audio @megabooks but I didn‘t care for the narration 🤷🏼‍♀️I‘m not sorry I read this one @BkClubCare but it didn‘t live up to my expectations 7mo
Megabooks Interesting. It wasn‘t my favorite narration ever, but I liked it fine. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
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Cinfhen
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Woohoo 🙌🏻 Finally, Marion #PREACH ❣️❣️I‘ve been waiting for this book to start moving and now on page 366, I feel the beginnings of a great story 📚 Up until this point, I‘ve felt like this novel was a bit of a slough. I‘m here for it, Pastor Russ Hildebrandt is a total A-hole( nicest word I could think of). Hope the next 200 pages don‘t disappoint.

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mklong
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Gosh I loved this! A complex look at a family at a crisis point, with the vivid characters that we have come to expect from Franzen. It weighs in at about 600 pages, but never feels bloated or unwieldy. Every one of the 600 pages are essential. There is a lot of talk about faith and goodness and I admired the respect that Franzen showed for those with strong Christian faith, those with none, and everyone in between.

merelybookish I saw that chunkster and thought there's no effin way I'll ever read it. Your review is actually making me rethink that decision. 7mo
mklong @merelybookish Haha! It goes down smoothly, I blew threw it in about three days. You get perspective from five different characters and something about switching between their voices seems to keep it moving. 7mo
vivastory I've yet to read Franzen, but I admit I have been intrigued by all of the positive reviews for this one 7mo
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mklong @vivastory You and @merelybookish should buddy read it! Some friends and I were discussing last night who to compare his writing to and all we could come up with was Michael Chabon or, possibly, George Eliot (Franzen is clearly inspired by her). Don‘t know if that helps give you an idea of him or not. 7mo
Megabooks I am so excited for the next one!! 7mo
mklong @Megabooks Me too! I hope we get more from Judson 7mo
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Cinfhen
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#MorningCoffee ☕️Thinking of you @Kalalalatja I still use this mug ALL the time!! I hope you‘re feeling well 🤰💕That was a FUN swap @TheKidUpstairs #MugLove …you should bring it back 🥰I haven‘t done a swap in ages but I‘d happily participate in that one🤩I‘m on page 349 / 200 more to go. I‘m liking this book, but NOT loving it. Its like a tasty dish but there‘s a lot of prep work first.

LeahBergen I loved the mug swap, too! 😊 7mo
LeticiaToraci Nice mug! 7mo
Cathythoughts I love the idea of the mug swap 😄👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
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Cinfhen It was such a sweet & simple swap @Cathythoughts I don‘t even think a book was involved , I remember it was a mug and maybe tea or coffee. It was really perfect 💕 7mo
Cinfhen I love this mug because it feels so right in my hands @LeticiaToraci the colors & textures 💜 7mo
Cinfhen It was a good one @LeahBergen 🥰 7mo
BarbaraBB Interesting thoughts on the book. I am curious where I‘ll end up. And that mug looks real Scandinavian 😍 7mo
merelybookish Beautiful mug! I still have mine from that swap too. 7mo
TheKidUpstairs This made me smile this morning! I'll think about hosting another one in the new year... 7mo
Cinfhen Those were the good ole days @merelybookish when all 200 of us “knew” each other 😘😘 7mo
Bklover Trying to decide if I want to read this one but definitely think a mug swap is in order! 6mo
Cinfhen Hi 👋🏽 @Bklover what‘s going on!??? Isn‘t it your birthday soon??? The book was good, I think you‘d like it. But I agree,we need another #MugLove #Swap xxx 6mo
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squirrelbrain
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I loved this book. There‘s so much detail of the lives of the Hildebrant family that you really feel like you‘re there with them. There are also so many themes and plot lines it‘s difficult to think of them all; religion, morality, marriage, faith(fullness), drugs, war, friendship, mental health.

This is the purported first in a trilogy and I‘m looking forward to reading more.

Caroline2 Sounds interesting. Stacked. 😉 7mo
Megabooks I can‘t wait until parts 2 and 3! 7mo
BarbaraBB I can‘t wait to read this but I will until my Christmas break. It seems perfect to read during a few days off. So happy you gifted me this one!!! ❤️❤️ 7mo
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squirrelbrain Don‘t forget you can use it for #booked2022 @BarbaraBB, so start it at Christmas and finish it in January! 😁 7mo
BarbaraBB What prompt? 7mo
BarbaraBB I am having a book to cross over already: 7mo
squirrelbrain It‘s the religion one @BarbaraBB (can‘t remember the exact title) - Crossroads is a church youth group so it fits perfectly. I think @Cinfhen has it on her list for that prompt. 7mo
Cinfhen Ohhh good idea to start in December but finish in January 7mo
BarbaraBB Clever! I was thinking of this one for that prompt but now I can choose! 7mo
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perfectlywinged
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If you liked other Franzen novels then you will like this. What I enjoyed about this one was that the character perspectives switch a bit more frequently and that propels the narrative.

EvieBee You read some chunksters! 💫 7mo
perfectlywinged @evibee it‘s chunkster month for me as I chose two monster novels😂 7mo
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Simona
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We follow five members of the Hildebrandt family, their internal struggles, fears, secrets - all on the background of the 70‘s. Maybe Franzen is a moron, but his family portraits are colourful, gentle and accurately drawn. Recommended - if you like family saga where you can observe changes in the family members and their relations through some important questions about morality, faith, marriage, illness …

BarbaraBB Looking forward to this one! I only hear good things about it! 8mo
Cinfhen Agreed @BarbaraBB xx and I love your thoughts on Franzen, @Simona 😂😘 8mo
Megabooks Still thinking about this one. 8mo
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Simona @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Megabooks Another family saga, which I loved more than Crossroads is … a biographical novel about Thomas Mann family by Colm Toibin 8mo
Cinfhen That‘s on my list too!! The Toibin 8mo
BarbaraBB That is good to know, I always love Toibin! 8mo
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Bedtime reading. Good-night.

Megabooks Excellent book! 8mo
britt_brooke Starting this soon! Cute pup. 🐾 8mo
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squirrelbrain
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#two4tuesday

Thanks for the tag @RaeLovesToRead !

1. I think I‘ll go with ‘simpler‘… not because I‘ve been reading easier books, but because I‘ve slowed down a bit and I‘m only reading a couple of books at once instead of about 6, and enjoying them all the more for it.

2. I started the tagged book yesterday, from Libby, and loving it so far.

Play along if you‘d like to, especially if you‘ve not played before!

TheSpineView Simplify anything in life is a great feeling! Thanks for playing! 8mo
RaeLovesToRead Ooh! A new Franzen... exciting! 8mo
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AmyG
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Thank you @BarkingMadRun for the books, candy, booklight and autumn sign. I look forward to reading Crossroads. But I don‘t think I will be reading Billy Summers anytime soon as it‘s in Polish???😂😂😂

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@sprainedbrain @mklong (Thank you both for hosting)

mklong Happy Halloween! 8mo
BarkingMadRun What?!? Nooooooo I‘ll send you a new one! How did that even happen?!? 8mo
AmyG Please don‘t feel you need to send me a new one. Thanks. 8mo
BarkingMadRun A new one is on its way! Did I include a gift receipt inside the book? If I did, you can return that one to Amazon and get a different book! 8mo
AmyG Honestly it‘s ok. I appreciate it. 8mo
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ARTDJG
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"Between him and Laura was the social ease of having long ago established that they didn't like each other."

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Minervasbutler
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Nobody writes about families quite like Franzen, and this first installment of a projected trilogy about pastor Russ and the rest of the Hildebrandt clan set in 1971 doesn't disappoint.

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Crossroads tackles a family at crisis point, both as a unit and individually. Through this small world, Franzen unpacks complex, big world problems, crises of morality, saviour complexes, and our ability to truly know ourselves and the people around us. Franzen gives us a cast of complex characters that remind us how fundamentally flawed we all are. With these lonely people, Franzen asks us the big questions and he is on fire here.

BarbaraBB I am very excited to read this one. 8mo
ClairesReads @BarbaraBB it‘s so good! I hope you enjoy it! 8mo
Megabooks Fantastic review!! 8mo
ClairesReads @Megabooks thank you! 8mo
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plemmdog
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Well, here we go.

Megabooks Enjoy! 8mo
plemmdog I‘m really loving it so far…it‘s definitely redeemed Purity 8mo
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Megabooks
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Franzen has created a dynamic portrait of a family in his latest novel.

The patriarch, Russ, is a minister at a UCC church, who recently got kicked out of the youth ministry (Crossroads) and wants to cheat on his wife, who has come to the marriage with secret baggage. Clem, the oldest, is off at college and has decided to stop his deferment from Vietnam. Becky is a popular teen who begins to connect with God. Perry is a dealer looking (1/3) ⬇️

Megabooks ⬆️ (2/3) for his next high, but he‘s also the smartest. Judson is 8 and doesn‘t get much storyline. As the narration switches among the family, pieces begin to click together. It moves surprisingly quick for a 600 page book! The ending was a bit frustrating but a good setup for the next book. ⬇️ (edited) 9mo
Megabooks ⬆️ (3/3) I enjoyed this look into 70s liberal church culture, as that is where my parents met. This is the first in a trilogy, each examining the next generation of this family. I‘m guessing the next will be boomer parents and Gen X kids followed somehow by millennials in the final book. I‘m DEFINITELY continuing. I‘m loathe to tell anyone to read a book this long, but if you‘re on the fence - do it! My longest Litsy review ever! 😂 (edited) 9mo
BarbaraBB And what a review it is! Stacked! 🤍 9mo
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sarahbarnes Wow, great review. I wasn‘t interested, but now maybe I am! 9mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks! I think this is a good one for you. We‘ve been 👯‍♀️ the past few months! 💜 9mo
Megabooks @sarahbarnes thanks! If you‘re on the fence, it is definitely worth a library borrow. I was afraid it would be too much, but it was really in balance. 9mo
Reviewsbylola Wow, a trilogy?! I think I‘m just gonna bite the bullet and buy this one in that case. Of Franzen‘s books, I‘ve only read The Corrections. It was years ago, I was meh about it, and then there was all that controversy about Franzen‘s remarks, so I never have bothered reading him again because honestly, he sounds like a major dickhead. 9mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola same. He‘s a dick, but it‘s a good book. His female characters are a bit inaccurate IMO, but not troublingly so. Probably no more than female authors get male characters wrong. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 9mo
Cinfhen So question is, do I go print or audio??? 9mo
Cinfhen Fabulous review!!! 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks!! Audio for sure! 9mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s included in the 3for2 Amazon sale! 9mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola why‘d you have to tell me there‘s a 3 for 2 sale!! 9mo
Reviewsbylola Target too 😜 9mo
Chelsea.Poole I can‘t wait to read this. I‘ve had the arc but I am also on hold for the audio at the library. 8mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole the audiobook is really good! Enjoy! 👍🏻👍🏻 8mo
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