Wilton Barnhardt discusses his novel Lookaway, Lookaway

07/07/2014 7:00 pm
07/07/2014 8:00 pm
America/New York

Mon 7/7 7pm – 8pm
Wilton Barnhardt discusses his novel Lookaway, Lookaway

Picador USA 9781250022288

One of Slate’s and Kirkus Review’s Best Books of 2013 and The New York Times, National Public Radio, and Indie Bound bestseller!

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.

Lookaway, Lookaway (Paperback)

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9781250022288
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador, 6/2014

Location: 
Street:
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Additional:
Next to Foster's Market & Kitchen
City:
Chapel Hill
,
Province:
North Carolina
Postal Code:
27514
Country:
United States