Wilton Barnhardt presents WESTERN ALLIANCES
Thursday, September 14, 2023 - Signing Line at 5:30 pm, Talk begins at 6:00 pm
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A darkly funny family saga by Wilton Barnhardt, the New York Times-bestselling author of Lookaway, Lookaway and Emma Who Saved My Life.
From the New York Times-bestselling author of Lookaway, Lookaway, Wilton Barnhardt’s Western Alliances is a vivid portrait of a wealthy family set against the backdrop of the 2008 financial crisis. This laugh-out-loud, darkly funny novel follows the Costa family—whose members are every bit as richly absurd as the characters in HBO’s Succession.
Salvador, the patriarch, runs one of Wall Street’s biggest banks the summer before everything collapses; Roberto and Rachel, his two children, have never worked a day in their lives; and Lena, his ex-wife, is a scheming hypochondriac. Part travelogue, part epic family drama, the novel follows Roberto and Rachel across Europe as the two dilettantes come to terms with their father’s choices and the repercussions of his actions.
Oozing with his signature satire and biting wit, Barnhardt invites readers on a literary romp from an elegant Paris apartment to a hilariously-inept London hotel, ancient churches and crypts to gleaming Mediterranean coasts, hot dog stands in Providence, RI to the best places in Manhattan, and terrifying encounters in the Serbian countryside to dangerous liaisons in Moscow, as two grown-up rich kids are forced to come of age at last. Barnhardt he delivers yet again an un-put-down-able saga examining privilege, loyalty, ambition, and what family members owe to one another.
Wilton Barnhardt is the author of Lookaway, Lookaway, a New York Times and IndieBound bestseller and Kirkus and Slate best book of the year. 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.