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Purity (Paperback)

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Purity is another terrific novel from Jonathan Franzen. The author’s psychological acuity and his understanding of the dynamics of disfunctional relationships draws you in and keeps you reading. That, along with the multiple literary allusions, and the continuous play of ideas; about such things as the role of journalism in the age of the internet, and how best to engage the world. If, at times, the multiple plotlines strain credulity, that is by design, and in the service of entertaining the reader. And, did I mention just how much fun it is to read?

— Scott in the Books Inc. Buying Director


A magnum opus for our morally complex times, from The New York Times Bestselling author of Freedom

Young Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with $130,000 in student debt, that she's squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother--her only family--is hazardous. But she doesn't have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll ever have a normal life. It takes a seemingly chance encounter with two visitors from Germany to send Pip--and the reader--on a journey of discovery that ranges from Stasi-era East Berlin to a rainforest in Bolivia; and from the ancient war between the sexes to the present-day bewilderments of the Internet. Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder--the most daring and penetrating book yet by one of the major writers of our time.

About the Author

Jonathan Franzen is the author of Purity and four other novels, most recently The Corrections and Freedom, and five works of nonfiction and translation, including Farther Away and The Kraus Project, all published by FSG. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Kunste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250097101
ISBN-10: 125009710X
Publisher: Picador USA
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Pages: 608
Language: English