Jonathan Franzen’s new novel ‘Crossroads’ is set in the Chicago ‘burbs and launches a trilogy. He knows you already have an opinion about it.

The novel is terrific, but since this is Franzen, because of the haters and his tortured history with Oprah’s Book Club, it gets hard to ignore reputation. Franzen, in a sense, is the Kanye of the literati. Too vital to brush off, too frustrating to embrace without reservations.

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