Friday September 18, 2020

In raptures over chapters

Second part of our guide to the best books of the year with Nadine O’Regan, Kevin Power and Sara Keating

13th December, 2015

By Jonathan Franzen

Purity ‘Pip’ Tyler is massively in debt and looking for her absent father. When world-famous internet leaker Andreas Wolf offers to help, Pip is drawn into a tentacular plot involving murder, conspiracy, a stolen nuclear weapon, hidden inheritances, some agonisingly funny sex scenes and some seriously bad mothers.

Jonathan Franzen’s masterly fifth novel is gripping, humane, perceptive, and enormously entertaining. Ignore the sceptics – this is the work...

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