Thorndike Press

Purity

  • Jonathan Franzen
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  • ISBN-10: 1410482901
  • ISBN-13: 9781410482907
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 2.25 lbs ( 1.02 kgs)
  • 984 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released September 2015
  • Bestsellers

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A New York Times Bestselling Author
A National Book Award-winning Author

Pip Tyler doesn’t know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that with $130,000 in student debt she’s squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother is hazardous. She hasn’t a clue who her father is, or why her mother lives as a recluse with an invented name. Then a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with The Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world.

Reviews

Customer Reviews

"Franzen reveals moments of absolute genius. The cathartic power of tennis; the debilitating effects of jealousy; the fickle, fleeting nature of fame; and the slow death of youthful idealism are all beautifully captured."

— Library Journal

"Franzen has created a spectacularly engrossing and provocative twenty-first-century improvisation on Charles Dickens' masterpiece, Great Expectations . . . Purity will be one of the most talked about books of the season."

— Booklist

"A twisty but controlled epic that merges large and small concerns: loose nukes and absent parents, government surveillance and bad sex, gory murder and fine art . . . [Franzen is] admirably determined to think big and write well about our darkest emotional corners. [Purity is] an expansive, brainy, yet inviting novel that leaves few foibles unexplored."

— Kirkus Reviews

"As with all of Franzen's fiction, there is much to admire in Purity, not least what reviewer David Gates once termed 'microfelicities,' the expertly calibrated turns of phrase and pleasingly digressive cultural references and riffs around every corner. Like his last two novels, Purity bends time, easing in and out of characters' pasts and presents until, before you know it, the disparate pieces of a life suddenly fit"

— O, the Oprah Magazine