by Jonathan Franzen
Editor: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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One of the New York Times best-selling magnum opus of our morally complex times of the author of Liberty’s Young Pip Tyler does not know who she isShe knows that her real name is Purity, that she is struggling with $130,000 in student debt, that she is squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother-her only family-is dangerous.But she has no idea who her father was, which is why her mother chose to live as a recluse with a fancy name, or how she will never have a normal lifeEnter the GermansA coup meeting with a German peace activist leads Pip for an internship in South America with The Project Sun, an organization that deals with all the world’s secrets-including Pip’s hopes, the secret of his origins.TSP is the fruit of the work of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who distinguished himself in the chaos after the fall of the Berlin Wall.Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to the Pip for reasons he does not understand, and the intensity of his reaction to him upsets his classic ideas of good and evilPurity is a great tale of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murderThe author of Corrections and Freedom has vividly imagined a world of original character-the Californians and East Germans, good parents and bad relatives, journalists and runaways, and he follows their interweaving of paths through landscapes as contemporary as the pervasiveness of the Internet and as ancient as the war between the sexesPurity is the most daring and penetrating book yet by one of the major authors of our time
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