Many great authors contend for "voice of a generation" status, and Jonathan Franzen often emerges as the frontrunner. After The Corrections cemented his reputation as a capital-N Novelist, Franzen went on to write the exquisite Freedom (lauded by everyone from President Obama to Oprah Winfrey). Now, Franzen returns to St. Louis (he grew up in Webster Groves) to give a reading from the brand-new Purity, a multigenerational, multi-continental epic that centers on a young woman's quest to determine the identity of her birth father. Early reviews indicate preservation of Franzen's literary-lion status. Franzen reads from and signs copies of Purity at 7 p.m. tonight at the Ethical Society of St. Louis (9001 Clayton Road, Ladue; 314-367-6731 or www.left-bank.com). Admission is $31 and includes a copy of the book.
Price: $31, includes copy of Purity