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 stardom—but 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.
About the Author
Wilton Barnhardt is the author of Lookaway, Lookaway, a New York Times bestseller. His previous novels are Gospel, Show World, 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.
“With a polished assurance rare in a first novel...Wilton Barnhardt unreels flashy scene after scene in convincing detail and sharp, snappy dialogue...the kind of shooting star that will make readers watch the skies eagerly for Barnhardt's next one.” —Susan Allen Toth, The Washingtion Post Book World
“This is an immensely winning book.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Heir to Holden Caulfield...An affecting first novel, full of feeling without being sentimental.” —Financial Times (London)
“New novelists are plentiful. New novelists who create memorable characters, an insightful story, and thoughtful wit are rare. Wilton Barnhardt is one of the rare ones.” —Rebecca Warburton Boylan, Newsday
“Emma is a winner--a book of enormous charm....One of the most promising fictional debuts in many years.” —Publishers Weekly
“Big, funny, engaging, unsentimental...delightful.” —New York Post