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 has always concealed her own real name, or how she can ever have a normal life.
Jonathan Franzen, born 1959, is the winner of the 2001 National Book Award for fiction. He lives in New York City.