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Crossroads, the first in a promised trilogy, begins in 1970s suburban Chicago, where the Hildebrandt family lives. In centering on the lives of Russ, an associate pastor, his wife Marion and three of their children, author Jonathan Franzen asks big questions about generational divides, what brings a family together and the lengths we’ll go to keep the ones we love close. The latest from the polarizing author manages to be both intimate and sweeping, a look into the layered lives of a seemingly ordinary family on the verge of great change.

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