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Crossing California

by Adam Langer

Crossing California by Adam Langer
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    Jun 2004, 448 pages
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    May 2005, 512 pages

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A coming of age story set in Chicago. Debut novel

Although the title would suggest a classic road trip novel, Langer's debut is set in a few small blocks of Chicago between 1979 and 1981. The reviews for this 'coming of age' novel are overwhelmingly positive. Publishers Weekly compares Langer to Saul Bellow and Stuart Dybek, both Chicago writers; Booklist opines that he may have been aiming to write like Philip Roth but landed, instead beside David Sedaris; meanwhile, People magazine compares him, perhaps a little obviously, to Jonathan Franzen (and gives the book 4 stars); and the Chicago Tribune describes Crossing California as the most vivid novel about Chicago since Saul Bellow's Herzog, and the most ambitious debut since Philip Roth's Letting Go.

This review is from the May 18, 2005 issue of BookBrowse Recommends. Click here to go to this issue.



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