Jonathan Franzen: Few Families Are Happy When a Fiction Writer Shows Up


Every writer aspires to write the Great American Novel. Jonathan Franzen, who hit the stage at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music in Nashville, Tennessee, last night to discuss his latest book, Purity, (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), has written five.

Franzen, whose previous works include The Corrections, the winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Fiction, and 2011’s Freedom, winner of the John Gardner Fiction Award, crafted his new book around a young college graduate, Pip, who finds herself saddled with $130,000 in student debt and no direction in life.

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