Friday Reads: PURITY

Excitement is high and buzz is building for our #FridayReads pick, PURITY by Jonathan Franzen.

His conversation with Laura Miller at BEA was covered by Vulture, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Publishers Weekly, Associated Press, and USA Today.

PURITY is one of Publishers Weekly‘s top ten literary fiction selections for Fall 2015 and has THREE starred reviews:

Franzen has created a spectacularly engrossing and provocative twenty-first-century improvisation on Charles Dickens’ masterpiece, Great Expectations. PURITY will be one of the most talked about books of the season, and a national marketing campaign will fuel the buzz.” Booklist, starred review

Provocative… a book rich with characters searching for roots and meaning in a world of secrets and lies. National Book Award winner Franzen, who often decries the state of our increasingly materialistic, high-tech society via his essays and novels, this time proffers a more hopeful, sympathetic worldview. Demand will be high.”
Library Journal, starred review

“Here, [Franzen is] admirably determined to think big and write well about our darkest emotional corners. An expansive, brainy, yet inviting novel that leaves few foibles unexplored.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Franzen’s greatest strength is his extensive, intricate narrative web—which includes a murder in Berlin, stolen nukes in Amarillo, and a billion-dollar trust. …its pieces fit together with stunning craftsmanship.” — Publishers Weekly

Read an excerpt of PURITY in The New Yorker and check out the great national media already lined up:

The Guardian will run the first exclusive feature of Franzen, in print and online (8/22)
NPR’s “Fresh Air” (8/29)
“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (9/25)
Details Magazine, “Men of the Millennium” feature (October issue)
PBS “NewsHour” (date tk)
KCRW “Bookworm” radio (date tk)

Much, MUCH more to come!

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