A work of suspense, an eerie fable of political life and a love story, Jonathan Franzen's first novel is a sweeping look at America in the late 20th century.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
• 'A huge and masterly drama…gripping and surreal and overwhelmingly convincing.' Laura Shapiro, Newsweek
• 'A novel so imaginatively and expansively of our times that is seems ahead of them.' Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times
• 'Franzen has managed to put together a suspense story with the elements of a complex, multi-layered psychological novel…A riveting piece of fiction that lingers in the mind long after more conventional pot-boilers have bubbled away.' Peter Andrews, The New York Times Book Review
• ‘Unsettling and visionary…“The Twenty-Seventh City” is not a novel that can be quickly dismissed or easily forgotten: it has elements of both “Great” and “American”…A book of memorable characters, surprising situations, and provocative ideas.’ Washington Post--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Jonathan Franzen is the author of ‘Strong Motion’, ‘The Corrections’ and ‘How to be Alone’. His fiction and nonfiction appear frequently in the New Yorker and Harper's, and he was named one of the best American novelists under forty by Granta and the New Yorker. He lives in New York City.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The Twenty-seventh City, first published in 1988 and set four years earlier, has recently been re-released, riding the wave of literary commotion caused by his bestseller. It is a long debut novel about the city of St Louis, once a top-five centre of economic and cultural importance, listed right up there with New York and Boston, but now, in the mid-eighties, falling rapidly down the list of grand American cities. The St Louis arch is, in this book, the only thing that stands out about the city, and even that seems merely to awe residents, whilst those from out of state only turn their attention when the Cardinals make the play-offs in baseball's Major League.
Faded glories are apt to be burnished, though, and St Louis is about to undergo a transformation. The arrival of S. Jammu, an American-born Bombay police chief (distantly related to Indira Ghandi) who is installed as the new local head of police, heralds a timely change in fortunes. She has her eye on much more than just crime, however, and under cover of her charm and her outstanding political abilities a wide-ranging conspiracy touches all levels of city society, polishing everything up as it goes.
Franzen draws a wonderfully entertaining, vibrant picture of a local business community unable to shift itself out of a slump.Read more ›