Lookaway, Lookaway

Lookaway, Lookaway

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One of Slate's and Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2013 and The New York Times, National Public Radio , and Indie Bound bestseller: "Lookaway, Lookaway is a wild romp through the South, and therefore the history of our nation, written by an absolute ringmaster of fiction." --Alice Sebold, New York Times bestselling author of The Lovely Bones

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 whatshe 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.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2013

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250020833
Branch Call Number: F BAR
Characteristics: 361 pages ; 25 cm

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kikimandy
Aug 30, 2014

This book is said to be a hilarious satire.
I found it to be disgustingly crude and lewd.

sass35 Apr 05, 2014

loved this book at first i thought i would not but so many things going on i did not want it to end

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ownedbydoxies
Feb 04, 2014

Just not my kind of book. And there are so many great books out there, I have a reading list a mile long, so there's no point forcing myself to read something that just isn't interesting to me. From what I saw of the story, it's southern belle, completely swept up in debutante ball dresses, sororities, and her future perfect husband and life.

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