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By Kurt Andersen

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In True Believers, Kurt Andersen—the big apple instances bestselling and severely acclaimed writer of Heyday and Turn of the Century—delivers his strongest and relocating novel but. astounding in its wit and bubbling perception, this kaleidoscopic journey de strength of cultural commentary and seductive storytelling alternates among the current and the 1960s—and indelibly captures the long-lasting influence of that point at the methods we are living now.

Karen Hollander is a celebrated legal professional who lately got rid of herself from attention for appointment to the U.S. preferrred court docket. Her purposes have their roots in 1968—an episode she’s controlled to maintain mystery for greater than 40 years. Now, with the approaching ebook of her memoir, she’s approximately to allow the realm in on that stunning secret—as quickly as she will song down the solutions to a couple the most important final questions.

As junior-high-school children again within the early sixties, Karen and her top pals, Chuck and Alex, roamed suburban Chicago on their motorcycles trying to find intrigue and pleasure. encouraged through the unique romance of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels, they acted out tricky secret agent missions pitting themselves opposed to imaginary chilly struggle villains. As friendship includes them via adolescence and directly to college—in a polarized late-sixties the United States riven by means of conflict and race in addition to intercourse, medications, and rock and roll—the undesirable men stop to be the creatures of make-believe. stuck up within the fervor of that striking and uncanny time, they locate themselves swept right into a harmful new online game with the top attainable stakes.

Today, just a handful of individuals are left who comprehend what occurred. As Karen reconstructs the prior and reconciles the woman she was once then with the girl she is now, eventually sharing items of her mystery prior together with her national-security-cowboy boyfriend and activist granddaughter, the facility of reminiscence and heritage and success turn into transparent. A resonant coming-of-age tale and an exciting political secret, True Believers is Kurt Andersen’s so much formidable novel to this point, introducing a super, humorous, and impossible to resist new heroine to modern fiction.

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Praise for True Believers
“Funny, fiendishly smart.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“A nice American novel.”—Vanity Fair
“A enormous, swinging novel . . . [a] colourful tale . . . this may be the main rambunctious assembly your publication membership can have for a protracted time.”—The Washington Post
“Intelligent and insightful . . . imagine The center Is a Lonely Hunter and Atonement, a ’60s-era girl Holden Caulfield. . . . Andersen is an agile storyteller. . . . [There are] witty, sometimes even profound observations concerning the ’60s and today.”—USA Today
“So epic: half mystery, half coming-of-age story, the unconventional alternates among the current and the Sixties, taking pictures a few of America’s such a lot pivotal moments in heritage like a time capsule.”—Marie Claire
“This is an bold and memorable novel, splendidly voiced, approximately reminiscence, secrets and techniques, guilt, and the hazards of certitude. in addition, it asks crucial questions on what it skill to be an American and, in a feeling, what it capability to be America.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Fascinating and correctly observant.”—O: The Oprah Magazine

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Jews didn't dwell in Kenilworth, the following village up. My father mentioned Kenilworth as “our adjoining Republican ghetto” and not mentioned the town’s identify with out ridicule, Kane-ul-verth, as though he have been asserting “Berchtesgaden. ” regardless of my reassurances to Chuck, the Michigan seashores membership used to be a frightening position, all grey stone and leaded home windows, wooden paneling and dim sconces, the furnishings upholstered in brass-studded leather-based. the truth that 3 unaccompanied children have been properly dressed made humans smile at us. We went to a small eating room the place Alex ordered real Bond meals—for himself, soft-boiled eggs, he advised the waitress, “cooked for 3 and two-thirds minutes,” and scrambled eggs for Chuck and me, asking in the event that they can make them with “fine herbs,” which he believed to be the English pronunciation of fines herbes. The waitress acknowledged they got here with parsley. “And Gala? ” Alex stated, turning to me. “Anything else for you? ” “No, thanks …” I waited for the waitress to go away. “… James. ” We had shifted identities. Alex used to be now Bond, Chuck used to be Felix Leiter, and that i was once Gala model of MI5. After supper we took a travel of the membership and wound up sitting in a small parlor with a hearth. within sight, males have been rolling cube from a leather-based cup, and on the desk closest to us, have been cards. the 3 folks smiled and shared a look: bridge and backgammon, similar to in Moonraker. I doubt if a bunch of middle-aged suburbanites enjoying bridge had ever prior to struck young children as attractive. For this a part of the challenge, we have been to kill whichever villain, Goldfinger or Drax, we noticed first. either had purple hair, so the sensible problem used to be to discover a brief guy (Goldfinger) or one with a scarred face (Drax). a couple of minutes later, the older of the 2 backgammon avid gamers rose and shuffled towards the door. He used to be stubby, yet he had grey hair slicked immediately again. Alex stood. “It was red,” he declared, and Auric Goldfinger out of the room. A second later, Alex again. Goldfinger had no longer. “I him to the W. C. ,” he advised us. “And then what? ” Chuck was once smirking. “You left the Luger outdoors with the motorcycles. ” Now Alex smirked again. “I definitely did,” he acknowledged, and pulled from his jacket pocket—surprise—a two-foot size of piano cord to which he had hooked up brief Lincoln Logs at both finish. “Garotte. Silence is golden. For Mr. Goldfinger. ” earlier than we went domestic, Alex desired to express Chuck the indoor swimming pool. It used to be abandoned with the exception of a lady doing laps and a muscular guy mendacity companies on a chaise, with a towel wrapped round his backside and a newspaper open at the flooring underneath his face. We stood on an unlit mezzanine walkway, taking a look down. “It’s crimson Grant,” Chuck whispered. “At his villa within the Crimea. ” That’s the SMERSH executioner in From Russia with Love’s starting scene. The vintage tiling and outdated lighting fixtures, the echoes of splashing water within the empty room as giant as our college health club, the humidity and chlorine stench, the absence of chatter: it did appear overseas and somber, even perhaps Russian.

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