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“Lacerating but affectionate, as exuberant as it is shrewd, "Lookaway, Lookaway" is a Southern novel so sure-footed the only real question for Barnhardt is, "What took you so long?"…By the end I felt like a starving man at a buffet--sated but still hungry. That's not really a knock. "Lookaway, Lookaway" is that rare thing: an excellent long novel that's not long enough.” ―Malcolm Jones, The New York Times Book Review
“It is a work that hides its craft but never its beauty, that is ambitious but never pretentious, that does not sacrifice nuance for power or power for nuance. The book's careful, formal composition is invisible as you read, and it's a beautiful read, sad and savagely funny, one place inexplicably contained in the other.” ―Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books
“A dishier array of secrets animates Lookaway, Lookaway, Wilton Barnhardt's big, enveloping novel about a status-conscious North Carolina family.” ―Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Scathing yet touching, this is a delicious saga of Old South meets New, a story of America lurching toward the future.” ―People Magazine
“A delicious romp with a dysfunctional Southern Family.” ―The Chicago Tribune
“Barnhardt's fourth novel is a revelation: witty, savage and bighearted all at once, it is the Southern novel for the 21st century.” ―Kirkus (Starred Review)
“Dixieland was never so dishy nor dysfunctional as in Barnhardt's ribald send-up of the conflagration that ensues when Old South tradition confronts New South tackiness…Barnhardt's satirical scorching of southern culture comes in second only to Sherman's fiery march.” ―Booklist Review
“North Carolina native Barnhardt's frothy, satirical latest (after Show World) is Southern gothic at its most decadent and dysfunctional.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Barnhardt bursts forth with a big book that has everyone bustling.” ―Library Journal
“An effervescent novel.” ―BookPage Review
“One helluva barn burner.” ―Elle Magazine
“Sprawling, generous, delightful...I didn't want it to end. Lookaway is both dishy and literary, but like all good novels, there's a nourishing quality as well.” ―The Charlotte Observer
“Barnhardt delivers a knowing, wry and delightfully catty satire...there's more than a little Tom Wolfe here, with a dash of family feuding, Pat Conroy-style...As with the best satire, though, there's a strong vein of affection.” ―Star News Wilmington
“Lookaway, Lookaway is a wild romp through the South, and therefore the history of our nation, written by an absolute ringmaster of fiction. Wilton Barnhardt is back baby, and he's coming at you with everything he's got. Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!” ―Alice Sebold, New York Times bestselling author of The Lovely Bones
“Move over, Tom Wolfe! There's a new guy in town with the ultimate----no, make that penultimate----take on the New South. Better take a powder, pour a big gin, and put your feet up before you start reading. Writing with brilliance and brio, Wilton Barnhardt has penned a hilarious satire which often has surprising depth and hits way too close to the truth.” ―Lee Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Oral History and The Last Girls
“This is a raucous novel, bursting with noise and color, immensely and immediately entertaining. And yet it's impossible not to realize how very, very smart it is. Wilton Barnhardt is a masterful storyteller, and Lookaway, Lookaway is high comedy at its brilliant best.” ―Joshilyn Jackson, author of Gods in Alabama and Backseat Saints
“Wilton Barnhardt has written the big Southern novel I've been wanting to read all my life. I can't think of a book that better expresses the complexity of exactly where our Southern culture is right now. His insights into his characters - both male and female - are rich and genuinely hilarious, expressed with a dangerous level of humor and pain. Lookaway, Lookaway is entirely remarkable. I finished reading it and started again on page one to see how he did it. (I still don't know.)” ―Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama and Georgia Bottoms
“Wilton Barnhardt's LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY is our best 21st Century update so far of Anthony Trollope's THE WAY WE LIVE NOW. This literary romp is a new South vision with a ferocious vengeance, a heady stew of debutantes, Internet dating, Confederate War reenactors, real estate scandals, and GARDEN & GUN mores. Wicked family secrets are stirred in with antebellum lore and the Obama-era politics of race, gender and sex, all showing us, truly and newly, a Global Dixie.” ―Randall Kenan, author of The Fire This Time, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead, and A Visitation of Spirits
“A fresh and innovative take on the traditional family saga . . . the new Barnhardt goes down smooth and delivers with a kick.” ―Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club
“Lookaway, Lookaway is an often humorous, sometimes unsettling, ultimately poignant romp through a "New" South still reluctant to let go of its past. Barnhardt's novel earns a place on the bookshelf between J.K. Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces and Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons.” ―Ron Rash, author of Serena
I took this to the beach during an October week. And I needed it to see me through the unusually cloudy weather. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Carol Atmar
Please. Maybe I had to have been born rich in the South to understand any of this drivel. It's poorly written by a pretentious author that likes big, fancy words thrown in the mix... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robin E.
Not finished but half-way through and I'm not sure I will. There's just so much more to read and enjoy.Published 3 months ago by mta
Wonderful. I loved the different points of view from the characters. A great southern book, nothing cheesy about this writing. Dead on, funny, heart breaking and memorable.Published 3 months ago by Frances
A brutally honest look at the decadent South. Rings true to this Southerner.
As someone who has moved to the south (near Chapel Hill NC) after living 70 years in snow country, I was most interested in what it means to be a southerner in today's world. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bruce M. Coleman
The book is well written and I am very familiar with the region it is written about. The descriptions of the individuals in the story are harsh, critical and unforgiving. Read morePublished 6 months ago by sscw
I enjoyed this novel. I had selected it for our men's book group. This is a nice local author, here in North Carolina. This is great satire. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Douglas Rhodes