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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 Occupy-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.

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Kurt Andersen is the author of the bestselling novels Heyday and Turn of the Century. He has also written for film, television, and the stage. He is host of the Peabody Award–winning public radio show Studio 360 and contributes to Vanity Fair, New York, and Time. Previously he was a columnist for The New Yorker, editor in chief of New York, and co-founder of Spy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780449011805
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House Audio
Author:
Andersen, Kurt
Author:
Hart, Vanessa
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Edition Description:
Fifteen CD
Publication Date:
20120710
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
] A.&rdquo;&mdash;<i>Entertainment Weekly<br></i><
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.84 x 5.05 x 1.62 in 0.9 lb

Related Subjects

» Audio Books » Fiction and Poetry » General
» Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
» Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Coming of Age
» Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Contemporary Women
» Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Suspense

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