As big and exciting as the next century, this is a novel of real life at our giddy, feverish, topsy-turvy edge of the millennium. Turn of the Century is a good old-fashioned novel about the day after tomorrow - an uproarious, exquisitely observed panorama of our world as the twentieth century morphs into the twenty-first.
George Mactier and Lizzie Zimbalist, ten years married, are caught up in the whirl of their accelerating lives. George is a TV producer launching a groundbreaking new show. Lizzie is a software entrepreneur running her own company. However, after Lizzie becomes an adviser to George's boss, billionaire media mogul Harold Mose, the couple discovers that no amount of sophisticated spin can obscure basic instincts: envy, greed, suspicion, sexual temptation - and, maybe, love.
Like Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities, Kurt Andersen's novel lays bare the follies of our age with laser-beam precision, creating memorable characters and dissecting the ways we think, speak, and navigate this new era of extreme capitalism and mind-boggling technology. Entertaining, imaginative, knowing, and wise, Turn of the Century is a richly plotted comedy of manners about the way we live now.
©1999 Kurt Andersen; (P)1999 Random House Inc.