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Publisher's Summary

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 book yet by one of the major writers of our time.
This audiobook includes a bonus conversation with the author.
©2015 Jonathan Franzen (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
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Critic Reviews

"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." ( AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By kurdis teed on 01-02-18

Another excellent novel from Franzen

If you could sum up Purity in three words, what would they be?

Well-written & Interesting

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Killer

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Petkoff's performances before. He is a good narrator, but Dylan Baker does a better job in Purity.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The novel isn't particularly moving in an emotional way; however, it is very good and kept me interested for the entire 20+ hours.

Any additional comments?

I recommend this recording to anyone who enjoys well-written, clever, and interesting narratives. Franzen is excellent and has become one of my favorite novelists. I will say this novel probably isn't for everyone, as there are many people who like to hate on Franzen, but I think this comes from things he's said in the public sphere (and his resistance to participate in Oprah's book club) rather than the quality of his writing. If you authors like DFW, Tartt, or if you like The Nix, I think you should give this one a try.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Clodhopper on 12-02-15

Art that entertains but but does not edify

Clever but not profound. Prurient but not sensual. Sex without love. Love Without sex. Mothers without daughters; daughters without fathers. Obsession without inspiration. Questions with no answers. Answers without epiphanies. Facts devoid of truth. In sum: art that entertains but does not edify.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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