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PURITY – Novel, by Jonathan Franzen

PURITY2.1He was born in Illinois, and is an American novelist and essayist. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1981 and studied thereafter at the Freie Universität in Berlin on a Fulbright scholarship. His debut novel was The Twenty-seventh City. His second novel was Strong Motion. Winner of the National Book Award for The Corrections (2001), Jonathan Franzen‘s recent novels have been hailed as literary masterpieces. PURITY1.1Purity, tells the stories of several different people of widely diverging ages and backgrounds. The narrative, stretches from contemporary America to South America, until East Germany (before the collapse of the Berlin Wall). Reading, you can discover Purity Tyler and is in her early 20s. As you browse the pages of the novel, you never forget that she does not 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. A encounter with Andreas (a German peace activist), leads Purity to an internship in South America with the Sunlight Project. In Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Purityfor reasons she doesn’t understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong.

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