Gravitas is about to make its return to American literary life: Jonathan Franzen has a new novel, and it’s coming out in September 2015. The book’s called Purity, which is the name of the main character and also a metaphor, probably. Like The Corrections and Freedom, Purity will tell the story of multiple generations of one American family — unlike those earlier books, this new one will find the author experimenting with something close to magical realism. “It’s not strict realism,” Franzen’s publisher told the New York Times. “There’s a kind of mythic undertone to the story.” We’ve got 10 months to find out exactly what that means, but you can start loading your think pieces now.
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