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Lookaway, Lookaway

By Wilton Barnhardt

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 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.

A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2013

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2013

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9781250020833


Format: Book
Author: Barnhardt, Wilton
Summary: Presiding over her family and its legacy of masterpiece Civil War art, North Carolina society maven Jerene Jarvis Johnston takes increasingly haphazard steps to protect her grown children from their own heedlessness.
Title: Lookaway, lookaway / Wilton Barnhardt.
Publisher Date: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Subject: Upper class -- Fiction Dysfunctional families -- Fiction
Isbn: 9781250020833 (hardcover) 1250020832 (hardcover)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 7
Call Number: F Barnhardt
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Bib Id: 444734

Format: Book
Author: Barnhardt, Wilton
Summary: Presiding over her family and its legacy of masterpiece Civil War art, North Carolina society maven Jerene Jarvis Johnston takes increasingly haphazard steps to protect her grown children from their own heedlessness.
Title: Lookaway, lookaway / Wilton Barnhardt.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.
Description: 361 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects: Upper class -- Fiction
Subjects: Dysfunctional families -- Fiction
LCCN: 2013004035
ISBN: 9781250020833 (hardcover)
ISBN: 1250020832 (hardcover)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 7
Call Number: F Barnhardt