Please join Parnassus Books in welcoming best-selling author Jonathan Franzen for a discussion of his new book Purity, as a part of our Salon@615 speaker series. This event will take place in Ingram Hall at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University.
This salon is a paid, ticketed event. You must purchase a ticket package to attend. Each ticket package includes a signed copy of Purity and entry to the event. The book included in your ticket will only be available for pickup at the event. Tickets can be purchased from the Salon@615 website. Seating is limited so we recommend purchasing advanced tickets, as on-site tickets may not be available.
Purity is a magnum opus for our morally complex times from Jonathan Franzen, the author of Freedom and The Corrections. 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 has always concealed her own real name, or how she can 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 dark-hued comedy of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. Franzen has created yet another cast 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. Jonathan Franzen is a major author of our time, and Purity is his edgiest and most searching book yet.
About Jonathan Franzen
Jonathan Franzen is the author of four other novels, most recently Freedom and The Corrections, and five works of nonfiction and translation, including Farther Away and The Kraus Project.
Salon@615 presents bestselling authors to the public through a unique partnership between the Nashville Public Library, Humanities Tennessee, Parnassus Books, and the Nashville Public Library Foundation. Together, we nurture and celebrate the literary life of Nashville by presenting author talks and book signings to our community.