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The Twenty-Seventh City: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Franzen, Jonathan
Introduction By: Weinstein, Philip
Series: Picador Modern Classics
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General
  FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Picador
Published: November 2013
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 8.09in x 6.37in x 1.14in

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*Published in 1988, The Twenty-Seventh City is the debut novel of a writer who would come to define our times. This 25th anniversary edition includes a new introduction by Philip Weinstein, professor of English at Swarthmore College. 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. - The 25th anniversary edition comes with a distinct wrap-around cover illustration by Marc Yankus
Review Quote*"A novel so imaginatively and expansively of our times that it seems ahead of them."-Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times "A huge and masterly drama… Gripping and surreal and overwhelmingly convincing."-Laura Shapiro, Newsweek "A startling, scathing first novel about American ambition, power, politics, money, corruption and apathy."-Jeff Jarvis, People "An All-American hybrid that is nothing less than brilliant."-Dan Cryer, Newsday
Biographical NoteJONATHAN FRANZEN  is the author of four novels ( Freedom, the National Book Award-winning The Corrections, Strong Motion, and The Twenty-Seventh City ); a personal history ( The Discomfort Zone ); two collections of essays ( Farther Away and How To Be Alone ); and translations of Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening and Karl Kraus's essays titled The Kraus Project. He lives in New York City and Santa Cruz, California.