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The Twenty-Seventh City

The Twenty-Seventh City

A Novel

Picador Modern Classics

Jonathan Franzen; With an Introduction by Philip Weinstein

Picador Modern Classics


Trade Paperback

The debut novel of New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Franzen, The Twenty-Seventh City is “a startling, scathing first novel about American ambition, power, politics, money, corruption and apathy” (People).

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, the American Dream unraveling into terror and dark comedy.

“Unsettling and visionary…A book of memorable characters, surprising situations, and provocative ideas.”—The Washington Post

“An imaginative and riveting examination of our flawed society…A rare blend of entertainment and profound social commentary.”—Chicago Sun-Times


In early June Chief William O’Connell of the St. Louis Police Department announced his retirement, and the Board of Police Commissioners, passing over the favored candidates of the city political establishment, the black community,...

Praise for The Twenty-Seventh City

“A suspense story with the elements of a complex, multilayered psychological novel...Lingers in the mind long after more conventional potboilers have bubbled away.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A novel so imaginatively and expansively of our times that it seems ahead of them.” —Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times


In the Press

We are very excited about Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, his first novel since The Corrections. He recently stopped by our office to discuss the ideas behind his book, why reading is the opposite of multitasking, and how very odd it can be for authors to appear on video. - FSG's Work in Progress

Jonathan Franzen by John Freeman Last week in Work in Progress we brought you John Freeman's conversation with Jeffrey Eugenides as the first of an exclusive two-part preview of Freeman's How to Read a Novelist, his book of more than fifty author profiles coming from FSG Origina... - FSG's Work in Progress

Jonathan Franzen; With an Introduction by Philip Weinstein

Jonathan Franzen is the author of novels such as The Corrections (2001), Freedom (2010), and Crossroads (2021), and works of nonfiction, including Farther Away (2012) and The End of the End of the Earth (2018), all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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