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3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  76 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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 ...more
ebook, 311 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Picador (first published 1998)
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Deanna
Oh, my gosh. This book was so dark and thought provoking, especially since the main characters, places and times mirrored my own. These are the same women that lived in my dorm and sorority in the late 70s.
A very talented writer, I think, who can evoke strong emotions from readers. As I talk to colleagues, it seems that you either love or hate Wilton Barnhardt.

I knew how this was going to turn out, and I had to force myself to finish the last few, painful chapters.
Pat
The book got off to a very slow start, and most of the first part seemed to drag. But it got a lot better as it went along.

The characters are compelling and vivid; both Samantha Flint and her best friend (view spoiler) Mimi Mohr are complex, flawed characters; and the family and social dynamics are convincingly portrayed. Barnhardt has a lot to say about "image versus substance" in this novel...

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Nascha
I found this book in a discount store and the book jacket sounded interesting and I was desperately bored so I dived in for the ride. The beginning hooked me but it was a slow build to a fascinating ending. The characters were very complex and Barnhardt has a great knack for American history and politics. We follow the main character, Samantha Flint, from a scraping-by living in New York City, to the political world of Washington DC and finally to Hollywood California. Wilton spares no details o ...more
Tracie
At first, the book was interesting, but a little slow. About halfway through it got really really good.
This book goes through a girl's journey through life and shows how quickly it can take a turn for the worst! this is a good book!
Jamie
I got a few chapters into this and never opened it again.

Fine Tracie, i'm reading this. Happy?
Abby
I've met the author. Not met really: passed by.
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Wilton Barnhardt (born 1960) is a former reporter for Sports Illustrated and is the author of Emma Who Saved My Life (1989), Gospel (1993), Show World (1999), and the New York Times bestseller Lookaway, Lookaway (2013). Barnhardt took his B.A. at Michigan State University, and was a graduate student at Brasenose College, University of Oxford, where he read for an M.Phil. in English.

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