"Move over, Tom Wolfe! Writing with brilliance
and brio, Barnhardt has penned a hilarious satire which often has
surprising depth and hits way too close to the truth." -Lee
Jerene Jarvis Johnston and her husband Duke are exemplars of
Charlotte, North Carolina's high society, a world where old
Southern money and the secrets behind it meet the new wealth of
bankers, real estate 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 masterpiece, and their sister Dillard's unfortunate
life decisions and losses have rendered her a near-recluse.
As the four Johnston children-smart but reckless Annie, good-boy
minister Bo, might be gay but that's okay Joshua, and damaged,
dangerous Jerilyn-flounder in their adult lives, Jerene must take
action to preserve 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-is it too much to ask for one
ounce of cooperation from her heedless family? In
Lookaway, Lookaway, Wilton Barnhardt has written a
full-bore, headlong, hilarious narrative of a family coming apart,
a society changing beyond recognition, and an unforgettable woman
striving to pull it all together.
Includes a bonus interview between Wilton Barnhardt and George
Witte, editor-in-chief of St. Martin''s Press.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2013