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A Compelling Plot Gives Way To Farce In Franzen's Purity

September 1st, 2015

Episode 222 of 550 episodes

The new novel reveals sharp observations and a great, sprawling story. But critic Roxane Gay says the book gets bogged down with absurdly-drawn characters and misfired critiques of modern life.

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