Heyday by Kurt Anderson

  Chris  Review by:  Chris

Title:  Heyday

Author:  Kurt Anderson

Collection:  Adult Fiction

A British aristocrat, a bohemian photographer and writer, an aspiring actress, and a Mexican War veteran cross paths in New York City in middle of the nineteenth century.  Each has a different past and a different dream, but they will form a community, travel across the country, and dig for gold.  Along the way, they will participate in European revolutions, attend plays, explore Utopian communities, pursue scientific discoveries, and outwit vengeful murderers.  These unlikely friends epitomize the chaos and opportunity of a climactic period in world history and meet some pretty famous people in the process.  Andersen’s characters didn’t seem as interesting to me as this description makes them sound.  They are sort of caricatures of the main stock figures of the period, but they take part in almost every significant event of the day.  The historical detail of this long novel makes it worth the read for any enthusiast of Victorian America and the expansion of the west.

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