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.
"Kurt Andersen jacks you into the nerve center of the media society and pins your eyelids open until you go nearly blind with overload." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Sly and scintillating." (Newsday)