Author of Emma Who Saved My Life and Lookaway,
The author of the beloved novels Gospel, Emma Who
Saved My Life, and Lookaway, Lookaway, Wilton
Barnhardt is a writer of rare and extraordinary talent who has yet
to walk the same ground twice. With Show World, he offers
a contemporary woman's story that will haunt its every reader.
Samantha Flint, the figure at the book's center, flees the Midwest
for Smith College to shake her past, to invent a future she can
live with. There she meets the redoubtable Mimi Mohr; together and
apart they move from New York City to D.C. to Los Angeles. Yet even
as each new city takes them to fresh heights of power and wealth,
everything Sam wants seems to elude her-and after a series of
lapses, both desperate and careless, she finds her dreams have
turned against her.
A work of wicked satire, acerbic humor, and unmatched imagination,
Show World is Wilton Barnhardt's clear-eyed estimate of
America and what we all want out of her.