Set here in St. Louis in the mid-1980s, Jonathan Franzen's debut novel opens with the hiring of a new St. Louis County 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 centered on—what else?—a proposed city-county merger. 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.
This Picador Modern Classics 25th anniversary edition features gorgeous cover art, an unusually sturdy paperback cover and deckle-edged pages. 544 pages.