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Jonathan Franzen’s new novel to publish with Doubleday Canada’s Bond Street Books


Jonathan Franzen at the 2010 International Festival of Authors (photo: Scott MacDonald)

Doubleday Canada is set to release Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel under its Bond Street Books imprint next September, marking a new Canadian publisher for the American author. Franzen’s previous novel, Freedom, was released by HarperCollins Canada in 2010.

Franzen’s latest multigenerational American epic, Purity, tells the story of a young woman with the unfortunate moniker of Purity Tyler (who also goes by Pip) as she sets out to discover the identity of her father and solve the mystery of her family’s history. Along the way, Pip forms a relationship with a “charismatic hacker and whistleblower,” as the narrative jumps from “contemporary America to South America to East Germany before the collapse of the Berlin Wall.”

In a press release, Random House of Canada president and publisher Kristin Cochrane, who acquired the title, says, “As a huge fan of his fiction and his essays, I leapt at the opportunity to acquire this new novel two years ago and could hardly believe my luck. It thrills me to finally announce that we will be bringing this eagerly-awaited book to Canadian readers next fall.”