Madrid, Jun 30 (EFE) .- The Salamandra publishing house will publish on October 21 the new novel by Jonathan Franzen, “Encrucijadas”, the first installment of a trilogy about the family and American society of the last three decades.
“Crossroads” is a tapestry of intertwined visions and intrigues that tells the story of a Midwestern family during a period of deep moral crisis, according to a statement from the publisher released today.
It starts on December 23, 1971 when a great snowfall is announced in Chicago (USA). Russ Hildebrandt, pastor at a progressive suburban church, is about to break free from a marriage he considers unhappy, unless his wife Marion, who also leads a secret life, anticipates him.
Clem, their eldest son, comes home from college infused with an extreme moralism that has made him make a decision that will wreak havoc on his father. Her sister Becky, until then the queen of her class in high school, has veered sharply into the counterculture.
The third son, the brilliant Perry, who has dedicated himself to selling drugs to his classmates, has set out to become a better person, while the youngest, Jay, tries to navigate his way between uncertainty and wonder. Thus, all the Hildebrandts pursue a freedom that the other members of the family, each on their own, threaten to restrict.
The novels of the author of “Libertad” (2010) have been praised for the naturalness of their characters and the sharpness with which they describe the complexity of contemporary American life.
In “Encrucijadas” he explores for the first time the future of a generation throughout its life journey with his characteristic humor, to which he adds a dose of warmth and humanity.
Franzen (Western Springs, Illinois, 1959) was chosen in 1996 among the best young American novelists by the prestigious magazine “Granta”.
Until that date he had written the novels “Ciudad twenty-seven” (1988) and “Movimiento fuerte” (1992).
The emergence of his talent took place in 2001 with the appearance of “Las correcciones” (Salamandra, 2012), which marked a turning point in his career: he won the National Book Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Award and was a finalist in the Pulitzer and PEN / Faulkner.
The definitive accolade came with “Libertad” (Salamandra, 2011), a novel that received unanimous praise from critics.
Five years later, in the fall of 2015, he published “Purity”, his last novel to date, and is also the author of five essays.