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Turn of the Centuryby Kurt Andersen
Synopses & Reviews
“A big, sprawling book . . . [Kurt Andersen has] infused it with so much inventive imagination. . . . Should be put in a Manhattan time capsule with the note: ‘This is how we lived at the turn of the century.’ ”—The New York Times Book Review
In his brash, brilliant first novel, New York Times bestselling author Kurt Andersen casts a penetrating eye on our giddy, media-obsessed era. With a keen sense of irony and a storyteller’s grace, he weaves a tale that is at once a biting satire and a wickedly incisive portrait of marriage, family, love, and friendship.
The millennium is here. BarbieWorld has opened in Las Vegas. Charles Manson’s parole hearing is on live TV. And George and Lizzie are a Manhattan power couple with three kids in private school and take-out from Hiroshima Boy waiting at the door. Lizzie owns a software start-up. George is a TV producer. With cell phones tickling their thighs and gossip buzzing in their ears, their future couldn’t be brighter. Until, that is, Lizzie cuts a deal with George’s boss and gets an office twenty-one floors above her husband’s. Until all the glitter and the hype threaten to destroy George’s and Lizzie’s sanity and their marriage. Until the only thing that can save them is a little understanding—at a time when everyone is talking but no one hears a thing.
“Savagely subversive . . . a smart, funny and excruciatingly deft portrait of our age.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Inspired . . . astonishing . . . very funny.”—Entertainment Weekly
“A big, Tom Wolfe–ish New York comic novel . . . on the last breath of the century.”—Elle
Set in the year 2000, "Turn of the Century" is a panoramic, hyper-realistic, up-to-the-second comedy of manners that depicts marriage, family, friendship, and business as they are conducted in our giddy, anxious time, amplified by Andersen's explosive writing and dead-on wit.
About the Author
Kurt Andersen is a columnist for The New Yorker. He was co-founder and editor of Spy magazine, and editor in chief of New York magazine. At Time, he was an award-winning writer on crime and politics, and for eight years the magazine's architecture and design critic. He has also created and produced several network television programs, and co-wrote Loose Lips, a satirical stage revue that has had productions in New York and Los Angeles. Turn of the Century is his first novel. Andersen lives with his wife and daughters in New York City.
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