A Novel
Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
Awards:2016-Fiction-Longlist-Andrew Carnegie Medal,
New York Times Bestseller
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Released: Sep 01, 2015
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ISBN: #9781427262196
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A magnum opus for our morally complex times from the 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. Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with 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--including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, 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, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong. Purity is a grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. The author of The Corrections and Freedom has imagined a world of vividly original characters--Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad parents, journalists and leakers--and he follows their intertwining paths through landscapes as contemporary as the omnipresent Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexes. Purity is the most daring and penetrating audiobook yet by one of the major writers of our time. Includes a bonus conversation with the author.


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Author(s): Jonathan Franzen
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"Franzen's novel is an unalloyed listening experience. Clocking in at 25 hours, the audiobook allows plenty of time to love or hate Franzen's tale of pairs and polarities, dyads and dualities. The characters are contradictions and extremes, with lives that careen between the banal and the bizarre. In short, the book is a dream for any narrator who is itching to demonstrate his or her acting range, as Jenna Lamia, Dylan Baker, and Robert Petkoff handily do. Their performances are uniformly engaging and engrossing; together, they make the listening time fly by. Anyone weighing the potential return on investment of reading all 587 pages can safely turn the heavy lifting over to them. K.W. Winner of AudioFIle Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine"

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