Turn of the Century (Paperback)

A Novel

By Kurt Andersen

Random House Trade Paperbacks, 9780385335041, 672pp.

Publication Date: July 11, 2000

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (5/10/1999)
Hardcover (5/1/1999)

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“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

About the Author

Kurt Andersen is the author of the novels True Believers, Heyday, and Turn of the Century, among other books. He writes for television, film, and the stage, contributes to Vanity Fair, and hosts the public radio program Studio 360. He has previously been a columnist for New York, The New Yorker, and Time, editor in chief of New York, and co-founder of Spy. He lives in Brooklyn.

Praise For Turn of the Century: A Novel

“Outrageously funny . . . wickedly satirical . . . the most unclichéd novel imaginable.”—The New York Times 
“Astonishing . . . Andersen [is] the first most promising novelist of the Third Millennium.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Extraordinary . . . exceptional.”—The Independent on Sunday
“Wonderful writing [that] sparkles with original observations.”—USA Today