Purity: Young Pip Tyler does not know who she is.
She knows that her real name is Purity, and also knows that she’s saddled with $130,000 in student debt.
Also, that she’s squatting with anarchists in Oakland.
She knows that her relationship with her mother, her only family, is hazardous.
In addition, she does not have a clue who her father is, why her mother has always concealed her own real name, hence, how she can ever have a normal life.
Especially relevant, Enter the Germans.
Furthermore, a glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with The Sunlight Project.
This is an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world, including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins.
TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf. It is a charismatic provocateur, who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn’t understand. The intensity of her response to him, upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong.
Purity is a dark-hued comedy of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder.
The author of The Corrections and Freedom has created yet another cast of vividly original characters.
Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers.
Also, he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes. As contemporary as the omnipresent Internet, and as ancient as the war between the sexes.
Jonathan Franzen is a major author of our time. Purity is his edgiest and most searching book yet.
About the Author – Jonathan Franzen
Jonathan Earl Franzen was born August 17, 1959. He was born in Western Springs, Illinois, United States.
His partner is Kathryn Chetkovich. Also a writer.
Education: Free University of Berlin, Swarthmore College.
Movies : The Corrections and Emptying the Skies.
He is an American novelist and essayist. Franzen writes for the New Yorker Magazine.
His 1996, Harper’s essay, Perchance to Dream, bemoaned the state of contemporary literature.
Oprah Winfrey’s Book Club selection in 2001 of The Corrections led to a much publicized feud with the talk show host.
In recent years, Franzen has become recognized for his opinions on everything from social networking services such as twitter, “the ultimate irresponsible medium”.
Also,the proliferation of e-books, “just not permanent enough”, to the disintegration of Europe, “The people making the decisions in Europe are bankers.”
The Technicians of Finance are making the decisions there. It has very little to do with democracy or the will of the people.
Finally the Critic review:
Franzen once again begins with a family, but his ravenous intellect strides the globe, drawing us through a collection of cleverly connected plots infused with Major Issues of the Day.
Ron Charles of the Washington Post.