Announcing Our Best Books of 2021

BookBrowse Reviews Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen

Summary |  Excerpt |  Reviews |  Beyond the book |  Readalikes |  Genres & Themes |  Author Bio


A Key to All Mythologies #1

by Jonathan Franzen

Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen X
Crossroads by Jonathan Franzen
  • Critics' Opinion:

    Readers' Opinion:

     Not Yet Rated
  • Published:
    Oct 2021, 592 pages


  • Rate this book

Book Reviewed by:
Kim Kovacs
Buy This Book

About this Book



National Book Award winner Jonathan Franzen's sixth novel introduces the Hildebrandts, a Midwestern family navigating change during the tumultuous 1970s.

Jonathan Franzen's Crossroads transports readers to the early 1970s, introducing us to a family on the cusp of change. Patriarch Russ Hildebrandt, once a popular and commanding figure with lofty ideals, is now an associate pastor in suburban Illinois and intensely discontented with his life. He's been supplanted at his church by a new, hip youth minister; he resents being tied to his wife Marion, whom he finds repulsive; and his children despise him. Entering this whirling mass of dissatisfaction comes a beautiful, newly-widowed parishioner who seems to promise deliverance. Marion, for her part, is also unhappy; she's gained a lot of weight and knows her husband barely tolerates her presence. She's also not blind to his attentions to other women, and she longs for the attractive, forceful woman she used to be. Their oldest child, Clem, due home from college for the holidays, has ...

Subscribers Only

BookBrowse's reviews and "beyond the book" articles are part of the many benefits of membership and, thus, are generally only available to subscribers, including individual members and patrons of libraries that subscribe.

Join Today

Member Login

Library Patrons

Beyond the Book:
  Vietnam War Draft Lottery

Join BookBrowse

Become a Member and discover books that entertain, engage & enlighten.

Find out more

Today's Top Picks

  • Book Jacket
    The Office of Historical Corrections
    by Danielle Evans
    In The Office of Historical Corrections, the second story collection from Danielle Evans, readers ...
  • Book Jacket: The Book of Mother
    The Book of Mother
    by Violaine Huisman
    Fictionalizing the life of author Violaine Huisman's own mother, this debut novel is split into ...
  • Book Jacket
    People from My Neighborhood
    by Hiromi Kawakami
    People from My Neighborhood is exactly what it sounds like — an unnamed narrator recounts a ...
  • Book Jacket
    Win Me Something
    by Kyle Lucia Wu
    Kyle Lucia Wu's Win Me Something opens with a young woman named Willa explaining that she did not ...

Readers Recommend

  • Book Jacket

    True Crime Story
    by Joseph Knox

    The #1 international bestselling novel. What happens to all the girls who go missing?

Who Said...

To win without risk is to triumph without glory

Click Here to find out who said this, as well as discovering other famous literary quotes!


The Big Holiday Wordplay

Enter Now

Books that     

 & enlighten

Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only.

Join Today!

Your guide toexceptional          books

BookBrowse seeks out and recommends the best in contemporary fiction and nonfiction—books that not only engage and entertain but also deepen our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.