Turn of the Century
New York: Random House, 1999. First edition. Stated. Hardcover. 659 pages. Signed by author. Some damage and staining at rear cover and several back pages. Kurt Andersen (born August 22, 1954) is an American novelist. Andersen is the author of three novels, including Turn of the Century, which was a national bestseller and New York Times Notable Book of the year, and Heyday, which won the Langum Prize for the best American historical fiction of 2007. His third novel, True Believers was published in 2012. Andersen has also published a book of humorous essays, The Real Thing, about "quintessentialism", and co-authored two humor books, Tools of Power, a parody of self-help books on becoming successful, and Loose Lips, an anthology of edited transcripts of real-life conversations involving celebrated people. In 2017 he wrote Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History, which attempts to explain American society's peculiar susceptibility to illusions. In his brilliant first novel, media insider Kurt Andersen casts a penetrating eye on our giddy, media-obsessed era. With a keen sense of irony and a storyteller's grace, the author weaves a tale that is at once a biting satire of America in the near future and a wickedly incisive portrait of marriage, family, love, and friendship. A crackling, cybercharged joyride through our millennium, Turn of the Century is pure, eye-popping entertainment. The millennium is here. George and Lizzie are a Manhattan power couple with three kids in private school. 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 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 can hear a thing. Condition: Fair / Good.
Keywords: Millennium, Twentieth Century, Year 2000, Television Producer, Entrepreneurs, Parenting, Microsoft, Media, Capitalism