Heyday

By Kurt Andersen
Read by Charles Leggett

26.83 Hours 03/01/2007 unabridged
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During one monumental month in 1848, gold is discovered in California, the United States wins its first foreign war, rebellion erupts throughout Europe, and an eager English gentleman named Benjamin Knowles plunges into love with the strong-minded New York actress and part-time prostitute Polly Lucking. He also meets her brother Duff, a dangerously damaged veteran of the Mexican War, and befriends the unforgettable Timothy Skaggs—journalist, daguerrotypist, mischief maker, stargazer. As they set out on a wild, extraordinary transcontinental race west, lured by the prospect of easy wealth and new beginnings, they are unaware that a stranger bent on revenge shadows their every move.                                          

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Summary

Summary

During one monumental month in 1848, gold is discovered in California, the United States wins its first foreign war, rebellion erupts throughout Europe, and an eager English gentleman named Benjamin Knowles plunges into love with the strong-minded New York actress and part-time prostitute Polly Lucking. He also meets her brother Duff, a dangerously damaged veteran of the Mexican War, and befriends the unforgettable Timothy Skaggs—journalist, daguerrotypist, mischief maker, stargazer.

As they set out on a wild, extraordinary transcontinental race west, lured by the prospect of easy wealth and new beginnings, they are unaware that a stranger bent on revenge shadows their every move.                                          

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A true novel of ideas…A tale of bright, rambunctious, aspiring young people.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Narrator Charles Leggett becomes a one-man band. He sings. He speaks English and French. He does accents: British, Irish, French, German, as well as American regionals from Brooklyn to California. He portrays men, women, and children. And he does it all well.” AudioFile
“Andersen’s satirical wit is well evident, but he plays fair, offering scenarios to offend nearly everyone. In the tradition of the old-fashioned epic, Heyday presents amazing coincidences, lengthy digressions, and myriad descriptions of mores and vices.” Booklist
“[Andersen] celebrates the tumultuous energy and the careless optimism of an America on the move.” Bookmarks magazine

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Author

Author Bio: Kurt Andersen

Kurt Andersen is an author and essayist. He has also written for film, television, and the stage and has contributed to the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Time. He is also host and cocreator of Studio 360, the Peabody Award–winning cultural magazine show produced by Public Radio International and WNYC and broadcast on 140 stations to 500,000 listeners each week. He cofounded the transformative independent magazine Spy, which was nominated for two National Magazine Awards.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 26.83
Audience: Adult
Language: English