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About the Author
Considered one of the finest contemporary American authors, Jonathan Franzen has mined his Midwestern background and deep understanding of familial drama to write several multi-generational epic novels. The Corrections won the National Book Award, among other honors, while Freedom was named a notable fiction selection of 2010 by the American Library Association. His fifth novel, Purity, follows the journey of a recent college graduate as she struggles to find her place in a broader social and global context.
Hometown:New York, New York
Date of Birth:1959
Place of Birth:Western Springs, Illinois
Education:B.A., Swarthmore College, 1981; studied as a Fulbright scholar at Freie Universität in Berlin