True Believers: A Novel

True Believers: A Novel

Kurt Andersen


NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE yr BY
The Washington submit • San Francisco Chronicle

In True Believers, Kurt Andersen—the big apple instances bestselling and severely acclaimed writer of Heyday and Turn of the Century—delivers his strongest and relocating novel but. brilliant in its wit and bubbling perception, this kaleidoscopic travel de strength of cultural statement and seductive storytelling alternates among the current and the 1960s—and indelibly captures the iconic effect of that point at the methods we are living now.

Karen Hollander is a celebrated lawyer who lately got rid of herself from attention for appointment to the U.S. excellent court docket. Her purposes have their roots in 1968—an episode she’s controlled to maintain mystery for greater than 40 years. Now, with the upcoming book of her memoir, she’s approximately to allow the area in on that stunning secret—as quickly as she will be able to song down the solutions to a couple the most important final questions.

As junior-high-school young children again within the early sixties, Karen and her most sensible associates, Chuck and Alex, roamed suburban Chicago on their motorcycles searching for intrigue and pleasure. encouraged via the unique romance of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, they acted out tricky undercover agent missions pitting themselves opposed to imaginary chilly struggle villains. As friendship consists of them via early life and directly to college—in a polarized late-sixties the USA riven via warfare and race in addition to intercourse, medicinal drugs, and rock and roll—the undesirable men stop to be the creatures of make-believe. stuck up within the fervor of that awesome and uncanny time, they locate themselves swept right into a harmful new online game with the top attainable stakes.

Today, just a handful of individuals are left who understand what occurred. As Karen reconstructs the prior and reconciles the woman she was once then with the lady she is now, eventually sharing items of her mystery previous along with her national-security-cowboy boyfriend and activist granddaughter, the facility of reminiscence and historical past and good fortune develop into transparent. A resonant coming-of-age tale and an exciting political secret, True Believers is Kurt Andersen’s such a lot bold novel so far, introducing an excellent, humorous, and impossible to resist new heroine to modern fiction.

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Praise for True Believers
 
“Funny, fiendishly smart.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“A nice American novel.”—Vanity Fair
 
“A vast, swinging novel . . . [a] colourful tale . . . this might be the main rambunctious assembly your publication membership can have for an extended time.”—The Washington Post
 
“Intelligent and insightful . . . imagine The middle Is a Lonely Hunter and Atonement, a ’60s-era girl Holden Caulfield. . . . Andersen is an agile storyteller. . . . [There are] witty, sometimes even profound observations in regards to the ’60s and today.”—USA Today
 
“So epic: half mystery, half coming-of-age story, the radical alternates among the current and the Sixties, shooting a few of America’s such a lot pivotal moments in heritage like a time capsule.”—Marie Claire
 
“This is an formidable and noteworthy novel, splendidly voiced, approximately reminiscence, secrets and techniques, guilt, and the risks of certitude. in addition, it asks crucial questions about what it potential to be an American and, in a feeling, what it capability to be America.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
“Fascinating and correctly observant.”—O: The Oprah Magazine

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