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True Believers

A Novel

Author: Kurt Andersen  

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The Washington Post ? San Francisco Chronicle In True Believers, Kurt Andersen-the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Heyday and Turn of the Century-delivers his most powerful and moving novel yet. Dazzling in its wit and effervescent insight, this kaleidoscopic tour de force of cultural observation and seductive storytelling alternates between the present and the 1960s-and indelibly captures the enduring impact of that time on the ways we live now. Karen Hollander is a celebrated attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her reasons have their roots in 1968-an episode she's managed to keep secret for more than forty years. Now, with the imminent publication of her memoir, she's about to let the world in on that shocking secret-as soon as she can track down the answers to a few crucial last questions. As junior-high-school kids back in the early sixties, Karen and her two best friends, Chuck and Alex, roamed suburban Chicago on their bikes looking for intrigue and excitement. Inspired by the exotic romance of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, they acted out elaborate spy missions pitting themselves against imaginary Cold War villains. As friendship carries them through childhood and on to college-in a polarized late-sixties America riven by war and race as well as sex, drugs, and rock and roll-the bad guys cease to be the creatures of make-believe. Caught up in the fervor of that extraordinary and uncanny time, they find themselves swept into a dangerous new game with the highest possible stakes. Today, only a handful of people are left who know what happened. As Karen reconstructs the past and reconciles the girl she was then with the woman she is now, finally sharing pieces of her secret past with her national-security-cowboy boyfriend and activist granddaughter, the power of memory and history and luck become clear. A resonant coming-of-age story and a thrilling political mystery, True Believers is Kurt Andersen's most ambitious novel to date, introducing a brilliant, funny, and irresistible new heroine to contemporary fiction. Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more. Praise for True Believers "Funny, fiendishly smart."-San Francisco Chronicle "A great American novel."-Vanity Fair "A big, swinging novel . . . a colorful story . . . This could be the most rambunctious meeting your book club will have for a long time."-The Washington Post "Intelligent and insightful . . . Think The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and Atonement, a '60s-era female Holden Caulfield. . . . Andersen is an agile storyteller. . . . There are witty, occasionally even profound observations about the '60s and today."-USA Today "So epic- Part thriller, part coming-of-age tale, the novel alternates between the present and the 1960s, capturing some of America's most pivotal moments in history like a time capsule."-Marie Claire "This is an ambitious and remarkable novel, wonderfully voiced, about memory, secrets, guilt, and the dangers of certitude. Moreover, it asks essential questions about what it means to be an American and, in a sense, what it means to be America."-Booklist (starred review) "Fascinating and wisely observant."-O- The Oprah Magazine

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Critic Reviews

“Praise for TRUE BELIEVERS "This is Andersen's best book to date, which makes it a great American novel ." - Jon Robin Baitz, Vanity Fair "A big, swinging novel you'll want to check out ."- The Washington Post " Fascinating and wisely observant ..."- O! The Oprah Magazine "Fiendishly smart, insightful and joyously loopy novel." - The San Francisco Chronicle "Andersen creates spellbinding suspense . This is an ambitious and remarkable novel, wonderfully voiced, about memory, secrets, guilt, and the dangers of certitude. Moreover, it asks essential questions about what it means to be an American and, in a sense, what it means to be America. " - Booklist , starred review "Kurt Andersen's best yet. The man is operating on some far-out level that bends time and space to his will. T rue Believers hits all the right notes and reads like a goddamn dream ." - Gary Shteyngart "This witty, imaginative novel is one part bildungsroman, one part political thriller and one part contemplation on age - and in all aspects wonderful reading. " - Scott Turow Brain Pickings calls it one of the two "essential" summer-of-2012 novels "An unmitigated success...plot is nigh-on perfect ."- The Winnipeg Free Press”

"Funny, fiendishly smart."--San Francisco Chronicle "A great American novel."--Vanity Fair

"A big, swinging novel . . . [a] colorful story . . . This could be the most rambunctious meeting your book club will have for a long time."--The Washington Post

"Intelligent and insightful . . . Think The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and Atonement, a '60s-era female Holden Caulfield. . . . Andersen is an agile storyteller. . . . [There are] witty, occasionally even profound observations about the '60s and today."--USA Today

"So epic: Part thriller, part coming-of-age tale, the novel alternates between the present and the 1960s, capturing some of America's most pivotal moments in history like a time capsule."--Marie Claire

"This is an ambitious and remarkable novel, wonderfully voiced, about memory, secrets, guilt, and the dangers of certitude. Moreover, it asks essential questions about what it means to be an American and, in a sense, what it means to be America."--Booklist (starred review)

"Fascinating and wisely observant."--O: The Oprah Magazine

"Exhilarating . . . sober, thoughtful . . . accessible and often funny . . . an absorbing, well-told tale."--Fortune

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About the Author

Kurt Andersen is a novelist whose works include "Heyday" and "Turn of the Century," and he is the cocreator and host of the public radio program "Studio 360," He began his career as a journalist, worked as a columnist for "Time" and the "New Yorker," cofounded and coedited" Spy" magazine, and served as editor in chief of "New York" magazine.

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Product Details

Publisher
Random House Trade | Random House Inc
Published
13th August 2013
Pages
450
ISBN
9780812978896
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