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Lookaway, Lookaway

By: Wilton Barnhardt
Narrated by: Scott Shepherd
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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 reenactor. Jerene’s brother Gaston is an infamously dissolute best-selling 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 and 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.

©2013 Wilton Barnhardt (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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"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 Smith)

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Incredible!

One of the best books ever. If you are from the South and from a certain type of Southern family, you will love and totally “get” this book. At times it is hard to tell if the author is just telling the story or being supremely satirical, but many a truth is told in jest- and it all rings true to this Carolinian reader! Some of the best dialogue I have ever read. Each character is wickedly delicious. This story and its characters will last in your memory in the same way that the monogrammed sterling silver flatware lasts through the generations of a good Southern family. The chapter in which Jerene takes on the surgeon father of the rapacious frat boy from UNC is a perfect example of how every mother should conduct themselves when their precious daughter has been taken advantage of. And If you have ever been a reluctant debutante, as I have, then you are in for a treat when you read about the liberal and recalcitrant Annie- Winston Barrnhart got all of it completely pitch perfect. The South indeed is another country and culture all together.