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Heyday by Kurt Andersen
Heyday is a brilliantly imagined, wildly entertaining tale of America's boisterous coming of age -- a sweeping panorama of madcap rebellion and overnight fortunes, palaces and brothels, murder and revenge -- as well as the story of a handful of unforgettable characters discovering the nature of freedom, loyalty, friendship, and true love.

In the middle of the nineteenth century, modern life is being born: the mind-boggling marvels of photography, the telegraph, and railroads; a flood of show business spectacles and newspapers; rampant sex and drugs and drink (and moral crusades against all three); Wall Street awash with money; and giddy utopian visions everywhere. Then, during a single amazing month at the beginning of 1848, history lurches: America wins its war of manifest destiny against Mexico, gold is discovered in northern California, and revolutions sweep across Europe -- sending one eager English gentleman off on an epic transatlantic adventure. . . .

Amid the tumult, aristocratic Benjamin Knowles impulsively abandons the Old World to reinvent himself in New York, where he finds himself embraced by three restless young Americans: Timothy Skaggs, muckraking journalist, daguerreotypist, pleasure-seeker, stargazer; the fireman Duff Lucking, a sweet but dangerously damaged veteran of the Mexican War; and Duff's dazzling sister Polly Lucking, a strong-minded, free thinking actress (and discreet part-time prostitute) with whom Ben falls hopelessly in love.

Beckoned by the frontier, new beginnings, and the prospects of the California Gold Rush, all four set out on a transcontinental race west -- relentlessly tracked, unbeknownst to them, by a cold-blooded killer bent on revenge.
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About the Book
  • Published:
    Mar-2007 (Hardcover)
    Dec-2007 (Paperback)
  • Formats:
    Print / eBook / Audio
  • Pages:
    640
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Time Period
  • 19th Century
  • 1840's-1850's

 

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