First published in 1989, the first novel from the author of Gospel. Gil Freeman dreams of leaving the Midwest, going to New York, and becoming a famous actor. "Full of sharp, often acid, character sketches, memorable scenes, alternately touching and uproariously funny, that linger in the memory".--Publishers Weekly.
"With a polished assurance rare in a first novel...Wilton
Barnhardt unreels flashy scene after scene in convincing detail and
sharp, snappy dialogue...the kind of shooting star that will make
readers watch the skies eagerly for Barnhardt's next one."-Susan
Allen Toth, The Washingtion Post Book World
"This is an immensely winning book."-Los Angeles Times
"Heir to Holden Caulfield...An affecting first novel, full of
feeling without being sentimental."-Financial Times
"New novelists are plentiful. New novelists who create memorable
characters, an insightful story, and thoughtful wit are rare.
Wilton Barnhardt is one of the rare ones."-Rebecca Warburton
"Emma is a winner-a book of enormous charm....One of the most
promising fictional debuts in many years."-Publishers
"Big, funny, engaging, unsentimental...delightful."-New