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Heyday (novel)

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Originally published  March 2007
Genres  Novel, Historical drama
3.5/5 Goodreads

Author  Kurt Andersen
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Heyday, by Kurt Andersen, is an historical novel. It was published in early 2007 by Random House. In 2008, it won the Langum Prize, awarded annually to the best work of American historical fiction.

Summary

The protagonist, Ben Knowles, is from a London manufacturing family. In 1848 he experiences the disorders in Paris and then resolves to move to the United States, the 'New World,' "craving vulgarity and strangeness" (page 6). In New York he encounters Timothy Skaggs, a journalist, novelist and pioneering photographer, Duff Lucking, a fire-fighter and Mexican–American War veteran, and Duff's sister Polly, an actress and prostitute. The novel charts the characters as they journey west and participate in the California Gold Rush.

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