Show Up, Look Good

Show Up, Look Good

by Mark Wisniewski
Show Up, Look Good

Show Up, Look Good

by Mark Wisniewski


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2011 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award for General Fiction-Finalist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781928589600
Publisher: Gival Press
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Pages: 194
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mark Wisniewski is the author of the novel "Confessions of a Polish Used Car Salesman," the collection of short stories "All Weekend With the Lights On," and the book of narrative poems "One of Us One Night." His fiction has appeared in magazines such as "The Southern Review," "Antioch Review," "New England Review," "Virginia Quarterly Review," "The Yale Review," "Boulevard," "The Sun," and "The Georgia Review," and has been anthologized in "Pushcart Prize" and "Best American Short Stories." His narrative poems have appeared in such venues as "Poetry International," "Ecotone," "New York Quarterly," and "Poetry." He’s been awarded two University of California Regents’ Fellowships in Fiction, an Isherwood Fellowship in Fiction, and first place in competitions for the Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story, the Gival Press Short Story Award, and the Tobias Wolff Award.

What People are Saying About This

Christine Sneed

Show Up, Look Good is a rare, gleaming gem: as soon as I turned the final page, I felt bereft because I didn't want it to end. Wisniewski has a poet's heart, a jester's wit, and a comedian's dead-on timing. This is a novel to savor. (Christine Sneed, author of Portraits of a Few People I've Made Cry, winner of The Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction)

T. R. Hummer

Mark Wisniewski's prose is incisive and crisp, bracing and in the best sense destructive, like a straight shot of excellent gin. Part Carson McCullers, part Truman Capote, part Elmore Leonard, Show Up, Look Good is ultimately a highly original, entertaining, and disturbing read, accurate but precisely off-center. Just when you think you know how it moves, it proves you wrong, and you're delighted: Wisniewski is that crafty a craftsman, that intelligent a writer. (T. R. Hummer, author of Walt Whitman in Hell)

Jonathan Lethem

Wisniewski: a riotously original voice. (Jonathan Lethem, author of Chronic City)

Kelly Cherry

This novel about a thirty-something woman who travels from Kankakee, Illinois, to New York to 'make it' deepens in unexpected and moving ways. Wisniewski ventriloquizes with perfect pitch his female narrator, who has a real talent for getting into trouble. Show Up, Look Good is funny, dark, poignant, and unsettling. (Kelly Cherry, author of We Can Still Be Friends)

Ben Fountain

Show Up, Look Good is a rollicking, laugh-out-loud romp of a novel, a picaresque spin through fin-de-siecle New York as seen through the eyes of its intrepid, Midwestern-born heroine. Love, loneliness, roommates from hell, hipsters, the mob, and murder all play starring roles in this delightful book, and Wisniewski does justice to them all. (Ben Fountain, author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara)

DeWitt Henry

With equal parts rue and satire, Mark Wisniewski's thirty-four-year-old Midwestern heroine, Michelle, flees love gone wrong at home to start over with nerve and independence in Manhattan. Her picaresque misadventures and her encounters with characters odd, pretentious, and menacing prove as haunting as Holden Caulfield's. (DeWitt Henry, author of Sweet Dreams, founding editor of Ploughshares)

Diana Spechler

Show Up, Look Good made me laugh out loud at both Wisniewski's sharp wit and the narrator's propensity for making the mess of her life messier. It's a page-turner, a thrill, and a dark love song to New York City. What a terrific novel. (Diana Spechler, author of Who By Fire and Skinny)

Molly Giles

Forget My Sister Eileen. With wit and insight, Wisniewski shows what really happens when a resourceful, optimistic, upbeat young woman from the Midwest comes to Manhattan to make it. (Molly Giles, author of Rough Translations, winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction)

Katherine Center

There's good writing, and then there's kick-ass writing, and Mark Wisniewski's storytelling is absolutely kick-ass. I wanted to jump up and down. (Katherine Center, author of Everyone Is Beautiful and Bright Side of Disaster)

Richard Burgin

In Show Up, Look Good Mark Wisniewski demonstrates again why he is one of the most versatile, entertaining, and accomplished writers of his generation. (Richard Burgin, author of Rivers Last Longer and The Identity Club: New and Selected Stories and Editor, Boulevard)

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