A big, funny, engaging, unsentimental and sometimes even wise book...Delightful."New York Post
Author of Lookaway, Lookaway
Wilton Barnhardt's novel of coming of age in New York City brims with energy, surprise, irresistible humor, and the heady rush of youth. Its hero, Gil Freeman, a midwestern aspiring actor, comes to the city in search of stardombut instead encounters the perils of Alphabet City, the desperation of off-off-off-Broadway theater...and the exhilarating, exasperating, absolutely unique Emma, around whom his life comes to turn. Charming and engaging, quintessentially American, Emma Who Saved My Life is one of the extraordinary fiction debuts of our time.
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About the Author
Wilton Barnhardt is the author of three other novels: Gospel, Show World, and Lookaway, Lookaway. 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is by far one of the best books I have ever, ever read. I was given a galley copy sent by the publisher before put out for wide release, and I couldn't wait for other people to get their hands on it. Please read this book and be prepared to feel a life.
I was on the same dorm floor as the author during our freshman year at Michigan State. I always thought that William was observing every nuance of everyone he met. He puts that keen eye for people to good use drawing rich characters for us to get to know and really like. This is one of those 'fast reads' that take you along because you really care about the characters. I first read this when in came out in hardcover 11 years ago, and I think it will be one of those books that forever perfectly captures a time and place, because it was so obviously written from the heart and from what I'm sure are many true-life experiences of the author.
A coming of age, and a search for The American Dream-Gill Freeman leaves the Midwest, arrives in New York and rooms with Emma Gennaro and Lisa. They form a friendship that takes them through ten years that span the Hippies and the Yuppies. A debut novel for Wilton Barnhardt-it follows Gil's New York-composed of robberies, herpes, lesbian separatists, and $1.99 Chianti. Abd then there's Emma-an exhilarating, exasperating, totally unique heroine. She is the center around which the novel runs through. Ten years in 470 pages, or 47 pages per year. Unfortunately for the reader, it is a painful experience. The characters are never developed, they come and go as often as they change underwear. And their traumas as so inconsequential that is hard to stay focused and finish the novel. I was very disappointed because I truly enjoyed Mr. Bernhardt's second novel: The Gospel. I thought this was a total failure.