Search Results: "Wilton Barnhardt"


BOOK REVIEW

SHOW WORLD by Wilton Barnhardt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 1998

"Barnhardt is better than this. (Author tour)"
The story of a hopeful young woman's disillusioning descent through the worlds of academe, politics, and film makes for a curious hybrid that falls awkwardly between the romantic comedy of Barnhardt's ingratiating first novel (Emma Who Saved My Life, 1989) and the baroque overkill that flattened his second (Gospel, 1993) Samantha Flint (whose notebooks record her story) arrives at Smith College in 1978 from Missouri, a self-conscious thorn among the pampered, whiny roses whose company she seeks. Read full book review >

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EMMA WHO SAVED MY LIFE by Wilton Barnhardt
Released: June 14, 1989

A highly touted first novel, billed as a coming-of-age saga for the 70's, about a Midwest boy with stars in his eyes who goes to New York, where he lives in sexual frustration with two women, one the impossible Emma of the title—a familiar story that, here, can be very funny and endearing, but too often strays glibly into clichÇ or cleverness. Read full book review >

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LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY by Wilton Barnhardt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"Barnhardt masterfully reimagines the Southern gothic: There is every kind of sordid deed committed, but there is also an abundance of humanity and grace."
Barnhardt's fourth novel is a revelation: witty, savage and bighearted all at once, it is the Southern novel for the 21st century. Read full book review >

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GOSPEL by Wilton Barnhardt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 1993

"Full of historical, religious, and comic flourishes, but misfiring terribly: this is interesting mostly for what it might have been."
To those who've eagerly awaited Barnhardt's follow-up to his acclaimed debut novel, Emma Who Saved My Life (1989), this long- winded and lame excuse for an epic adventure will be a rude surprise. Read full book review >

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OUT OF THE DARK by Welwyn Wilton Katz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"With the macho Viking tales and the emphasis on brotherhood, there may be a temptation to label this a book for boys, but few readers will not gain from this clear-eyed and encouraging tale of a family's love and survival. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Katz (Come Like Shadows, 1993, etc.) mixes Viking mythology with the unlikely setting of a small coastal village in Newfoundland in this heartwarming tale about a family's struggle through grief. Read full book review >

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COME LIKE SHADOWS by Welwyn Wilton Katz
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Despite some loose ends: a literate and satisfying thriller. (Fiction. 12+)"
In her latest supernatural adventure, the author of False Face (1988) goes back to the historical Macbeth for an intriguing explanation of disasters striking a Stratford, Ontario, production of ``the Scottish play.'' The book opens with the real Macbeth—far more amiable than Shakespeare's—heroically intervening in the ancient rite in which—usually—the oldest witch (the ``hag'') invades the body of a girl to become the ``maiden,'' while the former maiden becomes the ``mother'' and the mother the hag (thus the trio perpetuates its immortality). Read full book review >

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RIGHT OUTSIDE MY WINDOW by Mary Ann Hoberman
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

Layering paint, gesso, and natural objects thinly atop scraped concrete surfaces, Wilton (Where Does the Butterfly Go When It Rains?, 1997, etc.) places stylized flora and fauna into subdued settings suggestive of passing seasons. Read full book review >

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FEATHERS AND FOOLS by Mem Fox
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1996

"In its antique, folktale look, and in the descriptions of the birds' subtle shifts toward antagonism, the book turns Fox into a contemporary Aesop and aptly demonstrates that the roots of war can thrive in a pond of gossip. (Picture book/folklore. 5-8)"
The battle of the birds makes clear that the origins of a conflict may be absurd compared to the ravages of war. Read full book review >