Purity Tyler grew up in a small cabin south of the Bay area with her eccentric mother. She hates her name and prefers to go by "Pip". In her early 20s with $130,000 in student loan debt, her mother refuses to reveal who her father is. Hoping he can chip in on the loan payments, she goes searching for him.
Pip meets Andreas Wolf, born in the 1950s in East Germany, who is a rival of Julian Assange. He runs an operation called the Sunlight Project from his refuge in Boliva. The mission is to expose corruption in the world's governments. So Pip heads to South America to take an internship there, thinking it may help her locate her missing father.
About the Author
(born August 17, 1959) is an American novelist and essayist. His 2001 novel, The Corrections, a sprawling, satirical family drama, drew widespread critical acclaim, earned Franzen a National Book Award, was a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction finalist, a James Tait Black Memorial Prize and a shortlisting for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His most recent novel, Freedom (2010), led to a controversialappearance on the cover of Time magazine alongside the headline "Great American Novelist".
Franzen writes for The New Yorker magazine. His 1996 Harper's essay Perchance to Dream bemoaned the state of contemporary literature. 2001's selection of The Corrections for Oprah Winfrey's book club led to a much publicized feud with the talk show host. In recent years, Franzen has become recognized for his purveyance of opinions on everything from social networking services such as Twitter ("the ultimate irresponsible medium") and the proliferation of e-books ("just not permanent enough") to the disintegration of Europe ("The people making the decisions in Europe are bankers. The technicians of finance are making the decisions there. It has very little to do with democracy or the will of the people.") and the self-destruction of America ("almost a rogue state").
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