The Twenty-Seventh City

The Twenty-Seventh City

Jonathan Franzen

By the author of the bestseller ‘The Corrections’ and the sensational ‘Freedom’, ‘The Twenty-Seventh City’ is a novel of intrigue, humour and fear. 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. A classic of contemporary fiction, ‘The Twenty-Seventh City’ shows us an ordinary metropolis turned inside out, and the American Dream unravelling into terror and dark comedy.

Reviews of The Twenty-Seventh City

    • • ‘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