The End as I Know It

The End as I Know It

A Novel of Millennial Anxiety

Book - 2006
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An edgy and hilarious novel about one young man's attempt to alert his friends to the cataclysm sure to arrive on New Year's Eve, 1999

It's 1998. Or, as Randall Knight sees it, Y2K minus two. Randall, a twenty-five-year-old children's singer and puppeteer, has discovered the clock is ticking toward a worldwide technological cataclysm. But he may still be able to save his loved ones--if he can convince them to prepare for the looming catastrophe. That's why he's quit his job, moved into his car, and set out to sound the alarm. The End as I Know It follows Randall on his coast-to-coast Cassandra tour. His itinerary includes the elementary schools that have booked him as a guest performer and the friends and relatives he must awaken to the crisis. When nobody will heed his warning, Randall spirals into despair and self-destruction as he races from one futile visit to the next. At the end of his rope, he lands with a family of newly minted survivalists in rural Texas. There, he meets a woman who might help him transcend his millennial fears and build a new life out of the shards of his old one.

Like Walter Kirn's novel Up in the Air , The End as I Know It is a high-concept look at American culture that is by turns hilarious and poignant, and it manages to recall a memorable period in very recent history while at the same time shedding light on our current social moment.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday/Doubleday Broadway/Random House, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385518215
0385518218
Call Number: F SHAY KEV
Characteristics: 371 p. ; 22 cm

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