Heyday By Kurt Andersen
Andersen's second novel is more than just a love story or a history lesson; it's a true novel of ideas. The protagonists visit a 19th-century health farm/cult, for example. The occasional historical figure - e.g., Charles Darwin - makes an appearance as well. There are shades of T.C. Boyle's The Road to Wellville, as well as aspirations toward E.L. Doctorow. But in the end, this second novel belongs to Andersen, a tale of bright, rambunctious, aspiring young people. Like them, the book is rowdy, knowing - and wholly American.