The Twenty-seventh City, Paperback
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The critically acclaimed first novel from Jonathan Franzen, author of the prize winning and internationally bestselling, 'The Corrections'.

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.




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I give up. I've been working on this book for over a month now and I'm only halfway through, so it's time I threw in the towel. There are too many characters and too much conspiracy; I can't keep track. I think my head was in a bad place when I picked this up, and I shouldn't hold that against the book. But really. After 250 pages I should have at least found one character I care about, right? I'll leave a bookmark in it and maybe come back to it someday, but really, I doubt I will. <br/><br/>I'm sorry, Mr. Franzen. I tried. And it's not you, it's me. (But it might be you.)

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