True Believers

You can order a copy now at Amazon or Barrnes and Noble or IndieBound or iBookstore. 

You can read the first chapter  here.

The Washington Post  and the San Francisco Chronicle called True Believers one of the best novels of the year

 Vanity Fair: The arc of the book is beautifully drawn. This is Andersen’s best book to date, which makes it a great American novel.

Booklist starred review: Andersen creates spellbinding suspense. This is an ambitious and remarkable novel, wonderfully voiced, about memory, secrets, guilt, and the dangers of certitude. Moreover, it asks essential questions about what it means to be an American and, in a sense, what it means to be America. Andersen’s best yet.

Laura Lippman in The Guardian:  As a novelist, Andersen is pretty outstanding.

The San Francisco Chronicle:  a convincing,funny, fiendishly smart, insightful and joyously loopy novel

The Winnipeg Free Press: an unmitigated success…[the] plot is nigh-on perfect…the shifts back and forth in time are seamless

The New Yorker: a diverting political mystery, which also serves as a vehicle for keen cultural observation

Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlanticcould plausibly be included in the same class as Philip Roth’s American Pastoral

The Washington Post : a big, swinging novel you’ll want to check outsmarta colorful story full of witty insightsplenty to keep us entertained…could [inspire] the most rambunctious meeting your book club has for a long time.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch: a persuasively detailed re-creation of the 1960s and equally sharp portrait of contemporary realities…as entertaining as it is illuminating

The Sunday New York Times Book Review : a novel about the powerful influence literature can exert on life…a historical romance about the 1960s…Andersen is doing something harder than the novel’s amiable, energized surface might suggest

Fortune:  Exhilarating…sober, thoughtful…accessible and  funnyan absorbing, well-told tale. It’s also the best reverie on the 1960s and their legacy that I’ve seen.

USA TodayThis intelligent and insightful coming-of-age flashbackThink The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter and Atonement, a ’60s-era female Holden Caulfield. Andersen is an agile storyteller, alternating convincingly between Hollander then and Hollander now…builds suspense…impressive… emotionally  accurate depictions of life and events in the ’60s…witty, even profound observations about the ’60s and today.

The Onion‘s A.V. Club: The novel presents itself as Karen’s memoir in progress, and she’s a superb narrator, captivating yet slippery.

Brain Pickings: As absorbing as the story is, what makes the novel spellbinding is [the heroine’s] fascinating, layered character — at once brilliant and irreverent, brimming with equal parts intelligence and humor. A master of simple yet tremendously evocative narrative, [Andersen] moves swiftly between well-timed wit, without a hint of smugness.

Scott Turow: This witty, imaginative novel is one part bildungsroman, one part political thriller and one part contemplation on age — and in all aspects wonderful reading.

Gary Shteyngart: Kurt Andersen’s best yet. The man is operating on some far-out level that bends time and space to his will. True Believers hits all the right notes and reads like a goddamn dream.


Here’s a Los Angeles Times piece about the book and author, and other coverage in print and broadcast:

Around Noon
The Atlantic
CBS This Morning
Charlie Rose
Diabetes Mine
Here and Now
• The Kojo Nnamdi Show
• Leonard Lopate Show
Los Angeles Talks Live with Lawrence O’Donnell
Psychology Today
New York
Now with Alex Wagner
Radio Times
Studio Tulsa
The Takeaway

Here’s the publisher’s synopsis of the book. You can also watch a (cool) promotional video. And here’s a piece Kurt wrote for the Wall Street Journal about writing a novel in the first person for the first time.