Named one of the Best Books of 2012 by
The Washington Post • San Francisco Chronicle
In True Believers, Kurt Andersen—the New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author of Heyday and Turn of the Century—delivers his most powerful and moving novel yet. Dazzling in its wit and effervescent insight, this kaleidoscopic tour de force of cultural observation and seductive storytelling alternates between the present and the 1960s—and indelibly captures the enduring impact of that time on the ways we live now.
"A great American Novel."
“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.”
—Booklist (starred review)
“Funny, fiendishly smart.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
“Exhilarating…accessible and often funny…an absorbing, well-told tale. It’s also the best reverie on the 1960s and their legacy that I’ve seen."
“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."
“Intelligent and insightful...Think
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter and
Atonement, a ’60s-era female Holden Caulfield... Andersen is an agile storyteller...[There are] witty, occasionally even profound observations about the ’60s and today.”
"A diverting political mystery, which also serves as a vehicle for keen cultural observation."
—The New Yorker
“An unmitigated success [the] plot is nigh-on perfect…the shifts back and forth in time are seamless."
—The Winnipeg Free Press
“This witty, imaginative novel is one part bildungsroman, one part political thriller and one part contemplation on age — and in all aspects wonderful reading."