Jonathan Franzen introduces Purity
The American author on the idealism of youth and taking his fiction to darker, harder places
"There is no subject to me funnier," says Jonathan Franzen, "Than the idealism of youth. It's an intrinisically hilarious subject. But when you play it out over time, it's not always so funny."
Purity, Franzen's latest entry into his ongoing series of Great American Novels, is about Pip Tyler, a young woman hoping to figure out who she is. She doesn't know her father and her mother has secrets which Pip wants to know the answers to. Why has Pip grown up in a secluded mountain cabin and why has her mother taken an invented name?
But Purity isn't the sort of novel that's solely about character and nothing much happens.