The Sunday Times bestseller from the author of Freedom and The Corrections Pip Tyler doesn't know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she's saddled with student debt and a reclusive mother, but there are few clues as to who her father is or how she'll ever have a normal life. Then she meets Andreas Wolf – internet outlaw, charismatic provocateur, a man who deals in secrets and might just be able to help her solve the mystery of her origins.
'Dazzling' Guardian 'Furiously funny' Telegraph 'Superbly readable, it is the work of a novelist at the height of his powers ... This new work by an American master of realism has novelistic pleasures in abundance' Sunday Times 'Purity makes the most compelling reading, and Franzen reveals himself here to be even more a master than ever' Evening Standard 'It has kept me up every night for a week, and now that I'm done, I'll miss its wit, its messed-up characters and its emotional complexity' Financial Times 'Franzen's most fleet-footed, least self-conscious and most intimate novel yet ... Franzen has added a new octave to his voice' New York Times
Jonathan Franzen is the author of four other novels, most recently The Corrections and Freedom, and five works of nonfiction and translation, including Farther Away and The Kraus Project. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the German Akademie der Kunste, and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.