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ISBN13: 9781250020833
ISBN10: 1250020832
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One of Slate's and Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2013 and The New York Times, National Public Radio, and Indie Bound bestseller: "Lookaway, Lookaway is a wild romp through the South, and therefore the history of our nation, written by an absolute ringmaster of fiction." —Alice Sebold, New York Times bestselling author of The Lovely Bones

Jerene Jarvis Johnston and her husband Duke are exemplars of Charlotte, North Carolina's high society, where old Southern money — and older Southern secrets — meet the new wealth of bankers, boom-era speculators, and carpetbagging social climbers. Steely and implacable, Jerene presides over her family's legacy of paintings at the Mint Museum; Duke, the one-time college golden boy and descendant of a Confederate general, whose promising political career was mysteriously short-circuited, has settled into a comfortable semi-senescence as a Civil War re-enactor. Jerene's brother Gaston is an infamously dissolute bestselling historical novelist who has never managed to begin his long-dreamed-of literary masterpiece, while their sister Dillard is a prisoner of unfortunate life decisions that have made her a near-recluse.

As the four Johnston children wander perpetually toward scandal and mishap. Annie, the smart but matrimonially reckless real estate maven; Bo, a minister at war with his congregation; Joshua, prone to a series of gay misadventures, and Jerilyn, damaged but dutiful to her expected role as debutante and eventual society bride. Jerene must prove tireless in preserving the family's legacy, Duke's fragile honor, and what's left of the dwindling family fortune. She will stop at nothing to keep what she has — but is it too much to ask for one ounce of cooperation from her heedless family?

In Lookaway, Lookaway, Wilton Barnhardt has written a headlong, hilarious narrative of a family coming apart, a society changing beyond recognition, and an unforgettable woman striving to pull it all together.

Review:

"North Carolina native Barnhardt's frothy, satirical latest (after Show World) is Southern gothic at its most decadent and dysfunctional. With each chapter dedicated to a different character — one more self-indulgent and flawed than the last — the sprawling saga of an esteemed clan's fall from grace and fortune spools out in fits and starts. Some members are more emotionally complex (and therefore more entertaining to read about) than others. The sections devoted to the four flailing Johnston kids — including spoiled college co-ed Jerilyn's drivel about her sorority-pledging shenanigans (think wanton lewd behavior including a tired sex-with-a-sheep joke) — delve into too much repetitive, perhaps excessive, detail. But the adults pick up the slack, chiefly Gaston — a bestselling author of Civil War–themed potboilers, who has a potty mouth, gobs of cash, and a weakness for hard liquor and prostitutes, and his sister, Jerene, the unflappable matriarch and 'distillation of rich-white-lady force who could eat her social inferiors for hors d'oeuvres.' (Her hilarious one-liners are standouts.) As the scandals pile up, including a raucous Christmas dinner showdown, and a hoot of a finale that's pure shock and awe, this mess of a family has nowhere left to go but up — well, not if they can help it. Agent: Henry Dunow, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

“A dishier array of secrets animates Lookaway, Lookaway, Wilton Barnhardt's big, enveloping novel about a status-conscious North Carolina family.” Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

“Dixieland was never so dishy nor dysfunctional as in Barnhardt's ribald send-up of the conflagration that ensues when Old South tradition confronts New South tackiness….Barnhardt's satirical scorching of southern culture comes in second only to Sherman's fiery march.” Booklist Review

Review:

"Barnhardt's fourth novel is a revelation: witty, savage and bighearted all at once, it is the Southern novel for the 21st century." Kirkus (Starred Review)

Review:

"One helluva barn burner." Elle magazine

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"Sprawling, generous, delightful...I didn't want it to end. Lookaway is both dishy and literary, but like all good novels, there's a nourishing quality as well." The Charlotte Observer

Review:

Lookaway, Lookaway is an often humorous, sometimes unsettling, ultimately poignant romp through a "New" South still reluctant to let go of its past. Barnhardt's novel earns a place on the bookshelf between J.K. Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces and Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons.” Ron Rash, author of Serena

About the Author

Wilton Barnhardt is the author of the author of three other novels: Gospel, Show World, and Emma Who Saved My Life. A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, he teaches fiction in the master of fine arts in creative writing program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he lives.

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Canchita, January 1, 2014 (view all comments by Canchita)
This is a terrific book -- very funny and also very touching -- set in the modern South. It centers on multiple generations of a North Carolina family and their scandals, disappointments and hard-won truths. I have Southern roots, have lived in the South and visit family there often, and it rings true. But what makes it really special are Barnhardt's lively writing, the just-right details and the insightful observations of race and class. This is the first book I've read by Barnhardt and now I want to read more.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781250020833
Author:
Barnhardt, Wilton
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20130820
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 1 lb

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Product details 368 pages St. Martin's Press - English 9781250020833 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "North Carolina native Barnhardt's frothy, satirical latest (after Show World) is Southern gothic at its most decadent and dysfunctional. With each chapter dedicated to a different character — one more self-indulgent and flawed than the last — the sprawling saga of an esteemed clan's fall from grace and fortune spools out in fits and starts. Some members are more emotionally complex (and therefore more entertaining to read about) than others. The sections devoted to the four flailing Johnston kids — including spoiled college co-ed Jerilyn's drivel about her sorority-pledging shenanigans (think wanton lewd behavior including a tired sex-with-a-sheep joke) — delve into too much repetitive, perhaps excessive, detail. But the adults pick up the slack, chiefly Gaston — a bestselling author of Civil War–themed potboilers, who has a potty mouth, gobs of cash, and a weakness for hard liquor and prostitutes, and his sister, Jerene, the unflappable matriarch and 'distillation of rich-white-lady force who could eat her social inferiors for hors d'oeuvres.' (Her hilarious one-liners are standouts.) As the scandals pile up, including a raucous Christmas dinner showdown, and a hoot of a finale that's pure shock and awe, this mess of a family has nowhere left to go but up — well, not if they can help it. Agent: Henry Dunow, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “A dishier array of secrets animates Lookaway, Lookaway, Wilton Barnhardt's big, enveloping novel about a status-conscious North Carolina family.”
"Review" by , “Dixieland was never so dishy nor dysfunctional as in Barnhardt's ribald send-up of the conflagration that ensues when Old South tradition confronts New South tackiness….Barnhardt's satirical scorching of southern culture comes in second only to Sherman's fiery march.”
"Review" by , "Barnhardt's fourth novel is a revelation: witty, savage and bighearted all at once, it is the Southern novel for the 21st century."
"Review" by , "One helluva barn burner."
"Review" by , "Sprawling, generous, delightful...I didn't want it to end. Lookaway is both dishy and literary, but like all good novels, there's a nourishing quality as well."
"Review" by , Lookaway, Lookaway is an often humorous, sometimes unsettling, ultimately poignant romp through a "New" South still reluctant to let go of its past. Barnhardt's novel earns a place on the bookshelf between J.K. Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces and Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons.”
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