What: Watermark Books & Café invites you to join novelist and essayist, Jonathan Franzen, for a special virtual event! Jonathan will be joined in conversation by the author of I Came All This Way to Meet You, Jami Attenberg. During the event, they will be discussing Jonathan's newest book Crossroads— 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.
This is a ticketed event; each ticket comes with a signed copy (while supplies last) of Crossroads. We will let you know when your books are available for in-store pickup and all other books will be shipped as instructed at check out.
When: Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. (CT)
IMPORTANT EVENT DETAILS:
Your purchase of the Jonathan Franzen & Jami Attenberg ticket (available HERE) provides you access to the online event for one viewer and includes a signed copy (while supplies last) of CROSSROADS. Prior to the event, you will receive an email from Watermark with information on how to join the event on October 14, 2021. If you have any questions, please email Madison Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
About Jonathan Franzen
Jonathan Franzen is the author of five novels, including The Corrections, Freedom, and Purity, and five works of nonfiction, most recently Farther Away and The End of the End of the Earth, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.
About Jami Attenberg
Jami Attenberg has written about food, travel, books, relationships and urban life for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times, Slate, and others. All This Could Be Yours was published in 2019 by HMH Books and Serpent’s Tail (UK). Her work has been published in a total of sixteen languages. Her memoir, I Came All This Way to Meet You: Writing Myself Home, will be be published in January 2021 by Ecco Books and Serpent’s Tail (UK). She lives in New Orleans, LA.