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Mon, Aug 31st - 7:00pm

Book launch event! Bookshop Santa Cruz is delighted to welcome award-winning author Jonathan Franzen for a discussion and signing of his highly anticipated new novel, Purity. This offsite and ticketed event, which is the launch of his book tour, will take place at Santa Cruz High School Auditorium.

In Purity, Franzen has once again funneled the issues of our age through the drama of one family. The novel follows a young American, Purity Tyler — known by her Dickensian nickname ‘Pip’ — as she searches for the father she never knew. Journeying to South America, she is drawn into the secrets of her own family past and the secrets of state, when she crosses paths with a charismatic internet hacker.


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Bookshop Santa Cruz staff recommendation:

I really enjoy Cold War fiction and period piece spy films, so I was thrilled to come across this real-life story of the man who inspired the title character of Le Carré's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Kim Philby worked in British intelligence but was a double agent for the KGB. This is the story of how his duplicitous career came into being and was finally unmasked.

Reviewed by: Andrea
By Ben Macintyre, John Le Carre (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780804136655
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Broadway Books - May 12th, 2015


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