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JONATHAN FRANZEN discusses his new novel PURITY

Purity (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Skylight Books is thrilled to present Jonathan Franzen, and his latest magnum opus, at the beautiful Aratani Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

NOTE: THIS READING WILL BE HELD AT THE ARATANI THEATER (244 SOUTH SAN PEDRO, LOS ANGELES, CA 90012) AND TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ENTRY. TICKETS COST $33 AND INCLUDE A COPY OF PURITY AND SALES TAX. For members of our Friends with Benefits program, tickets are only $30. Tickets will go on sale beginning Wednesday, July 8, 2015 via Brown Paper Tickets.

To access the Friends with Benefits discount code, enter the first half of your email address (before the @) that you used to register as a member. 

IMPORTANT INFO ON HOW TO ATTEND:

·         Tickets will go on sale beginning Wednesday, July 8, 2015 via Brown Paper Tickets. Ticket holders will be asked to pick up their copies of the book at the door at Aratani Theater, the day of the event.

·         Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m.

·         No photos during the reading and Q&A, please!

·         The reading and Q&A will be followed by a signing. Jonathan Franzen will ONLY sign copies of Purity, and no more than three copies of backlist titles. Jonathan Franzen WILL NOT be posing for pictures.

CAN'T ATTEND? Please purchase a copy of Purity either through our website or by phone below (not through Brown Paper Tickets!) and we'll do our best to get it signed for you. (Just be sure to click the purple "Signed Copy" button on the next screen once you add the book to your cart.) You may pick up this book in the store after the event, or have it shipped to you.

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 chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she'll 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 grand story of youthful idealism, extreme fidelity, and murder. The author of The Corrections and Freedom has imagined a world 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. Purity is the most daring and penetrating book yet by one of the major writers of our time.

Jonathan Franzen is the author of four novels, The Twenty-Seventh City, Strong Motion, The Corrections (winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction) and the #1 international bestseller Freedom; two collections of essays, How to Be Alone and Farther Away; and a personal history, The Discomfort Zone. In 2010, TIME magazine named him the Great American Novelist. Franzen lives in New York City, New York, and Santa Cruz, California.



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Event date: 
Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
244 SOUTH SAN PEDRO
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Purity: A Novel By Jonathan Franzen Cover Image
$28.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9780374239213
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 1st, 2015

The Kraus Project: Essays by Karl Kraus By Jonathan Franzen, Karl Kraus Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250056030
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Picador - September 30th, 2014

The Twenty-Seventh City: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics) By Philip Weinstein (Introduction by), Jonathan Franzen Cover Image
By Philip Weinstein (Introduction by), Jonathan Franzen
$20.00
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ISBN: 9781250046703
Published: Picador Modern Classics - November 5th, 2013

Farther Away: Essays By Jonathan Franzen Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250033291
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Picador - April 23rd, 2013

Freedom: A Novel By Jonathan Franzen Cover Image
$19.00
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ISBN: 9780312576462
Published: Picador - September 27th, 2011

The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History By Jonathan Franzen Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780312426408
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Picador - August 21st, 2007

How to Be Alone: Essays By Jonathan Franzen Cover Image
$19.00
ISBN: 9780312422165
Availability: Not in Stock. Available to Order.
Published: Picador - October 1st, 2003

The Corrections: A Novel By Jonathan Franzen Cover Image
$20.00
Possibly out of print. Email or call to check availability and price.
ISBN: 9780312421274
Published: Picador - September 1st, 2002