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PURITY - Rare Autographed Copy of The First Hardcover Edition/First Printing: Double-Signed And Dated by Jonathan Franzen - ONLY DOUBLE-SIGNED COPY ONLINE

Franzen, Jonathan

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ISBN 10: 0374239215 / ISBN 13: 9780374239213
Published by New York City, NY: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2015
Condition: Fine Hardcover
From Modern Rare (CHICAGO, IL, U.S.A.)

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1st Printing. Signed. 565 pages. Published in 2015. The author's fifth novel. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. "Autographed Copy" round sticker pasted in front. Presents Jonathan Franzen's "Purity". A triumphant achievement. The latter is the full name of the protagonist, whose nickname, "Pip", is a nod to Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations". As incredible as it sounds, "Purity" marks a genuine artistic advance for Franzen, a novelist who keeps getting better with each successive effort, even if it isn't the "splash" that "Freedom" (2010) obviously was. "There is much to admire in 'Purity', not least what David Gates has termed 'micro-felicities', the expertly calibrated turns of phrase and pleasingly digressive cultural references and riffs around every corner. Bends time, easing in and out of characters' past and present, until before you know it, the disparate pieces of a life suddenly fit" (Leigh Haber). An absolute "must-have" title for Jonathan Franzen collectors. This Autographed Copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the publisher's bookplate by Jonathan Franzen. The latter is neatly pasted on the half-title page. It is also very prominently and beautifully signed and dated (very shortly after publication) in black ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Jonathan Franzen 9.24.15". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Material of the event in New York City during which his signature was obtained in person. Please note: Franzen felt that he over-exposed himself with the national (and eventually, international) tour he undertood for his previous novel, "Freedom". For "Purity", he made just a handful of appearances to promote the book. To compensate for his drastically abbreviated tour, his publisher issued a very limited number of copies with signed bookplates. This title will become a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such double-signed and dated copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Selected by The New Yorker Magazine as one of "Twenty Writers for the 21st Century", a selection that was prescient because he had not written anything in almost a decade. Winner of the National Book Award in 2001 for "The Corrections". One of the finest American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JONATHAN FRANZEN TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0374239215. Bookseller Inventory # 20169

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Title: PURITY - Rare Autographed Copy of The First ...

Publisher: New York City, NY: Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Synopsis:

A New York Times bestselling magnum opus for our morally complex times from the author of Freedom

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.

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An Amazon Best Book of September 2015: Purity takes many forms in Franzen’s new novel—to begin with, it is the name of the book’s title character. “Pip,” as she is more commonly known, is not fond of her given name, and when we first meet her she is living in a crowded Oakland house under the burden of colossal college debt. Pip soon becomes involved in “The Sunlight Project,” a WikiLeaks-style group that seeks to uncover secrets and expose them on the web. Run by Andreas Wolf, a charismatic man of renown, who grew up in socialist East Germany, the Sunlight Project becomes the jumping-off point of discovery for Pip, as well as a starting line for Franzen to jump back in time and explore the backgrounds of his primary and secondary characters. There is a point in the book where readers may wonder where this is all headed; but the thoughtfulness and polish of Franzen’s prose should reassure that the journey isn’t in vain. It eventually becomes clear that nearly every character is chasing purity in some form—whether pursuing Pip herself or some platonic ideal—and Franzen ties up the ends in a way that is clean and satisfying but will have you thinking about Purity long after you have finished the book. --Chris Schluep

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