Pip meets Andreas Wolf, born in the 1950s in East Germany, who is a rival of Julian Assange. He runs an operation called the Sunlight Project from his refuge in Boliva. The mission is to expose corruption in the world's governments. So Pip heads to South America to take an internship there, thinking it may help her locate her missing father.
Franzen writes for The New Yorker magazine. His 1996 Harper's essay Perchance to Dream bemoaned the state of contemporary literature. 2001's selection of The Corrections for Oprah Winfrey's book club led to a much publicized feud with the talk show host. In recent years, Franzen has become recognized for his purveyance of opinions on everything from social networking services such as Twitter ("the ultimate irresponsible medium") and the proliferation of e-books ("just not permanent enough") to the disintegration of Europe ("The people making the decisions in Europe are bankers. The technicians of finance are making the decisions there. It has very little to do with democracy or the will of the people.") and the self-destruction of America ("almost a rogue state").
Other books we've read by the same author:Freedom