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Show World

A Novel

Wilton Barnhardt

Picador

The author of the beloved novels Gospel and Emma Who Saved My Life, Wilton Barnhardt is a writer of rare and extraordinary talent who has yet to walk the same ground twice. With Show World he offers a contemporary woman's story that will haunt its every reader. Samantha Flint, the figure at the book's center, flees the Midwest for Smith College to shake her past, to invent a future she can live with. There she meets the redoubtable Mimi Mohr; together and apart they move from New York to DC to LA. Yet even as each new city takes them to fresh heights of power and wealth, everything Sam wants seems to elude her--and after a series of lapses, both desperate and careless, she finds her dreams have turned against her.

A work of withering satire and unmatched imagination, Show World is Wilton Barnhardt's clear-eyed estimate of America and what we all want out of her.

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"Barnhardt, as usual, is thinking big here. [Show World] is simply a good hard look at the world the way it is....It's a cautionary tale to be sure, a reminder to hold tight and hang on." --New Orleans Times-Picayune

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Wilton Barnhardt

  • Wilton Barnhardt is the author of three other novels: Gospel, Lookaway, Lookaway and Emma Who Saved My Life. A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, he teaches fiction in the master of fine arts in creative writing program at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where he lives.
  • Wilton Barnhardt Nancy Crampton
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Show World

A Novel

Wilton Barnhardt

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