25th Anniversary Edition
Picador Modern Classics
Published in 1988, Jonathan Franzen's The Twenty-Seventh City is the debut novel of a writer who would come to define our times.
St. Louis, Missouri, is a quietly dying river city until it hires a new police chief: a charismatic young woman from Bombay, India, named S. Jammu. No sooner has Jammu been installed, though, than the city's leading citizens become embroiled in an all-pervasive political conspiracy. Set in mid-1980s, The Twenty-Seventh City predicts every unsettling shift in American life for the next two decades: suburban malaise, surveillance culture, domestic terrorism, paranoia. A classic of contemporary fiction, The Twenty-Seventh City shows us an ordinary metropolis turned inside out, and the American Dream unraveling into terror and dark comedy.
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When we're with Jammu herself, the situation occasionally seems implausible, but the depictions of Probst and his family, his fellow St. Louisans (Franzen doesn't stint on minor characters), and their unraveling world carry through any weakness there.Sep 01 1988 | Read Full Review of The Twenty-Seventh City
In his impressive American zoo, Franzen has a cage for politicians: "American mayors fell into two distinct physical classes: sprawling endomorphs with loud personalities who could roll right over any opposition, and bland men or women with small, narrow builds well adapted to wriggling out of di...Oct 17 1988 | Read Full Review of The Twenty-Seventh City
What might it mean to say that his new novel, Freedom, finds him maturing?| Read Full Review of The Twenty-Seventh City
His 2001 novel The Corrections won the National Book Award and Freedom was named as one the best books of 2010 by Time, the New York Times Book Review, and Publishers Weekly, among publications.Nov 21 2013 | Read Full Review of The Twenty-Seventh City
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