Read unlimited* books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Jonathan Franzen's latest book, Purity (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), is an exploration of intensely intimate relationships and the inevitability of their destructive effects. Franzen calls it a bruising book, containing secrets, shame, and guilt. Jonathan Franzen has become a difficult writer to review.
Jonathan Franzen's emergence as a great comic novelist coincided with the death of his father and the end of his childless, 12-year marriage in divorce. Jonathan Franzen's protagonist, a young woman named Pip, makes her way in the world. At the center of Jonathan Franzen's new novel, "Purity," is a young college graduate called Pip, whose full first name, bestowed by her not-quite-sane mother, is Purity. Purity in Oakland.