Show Up, Look Good

Show Up, Look Good

by Mark Wisniewski

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“Wisniewski: a riotously original voice.”
—Jonathan Lethem

“'Show Up, Look Good' is a rollicking, laugh-out-loud romp of a novel.”— Ben Fountain, author of 'Brief Encounters with Che Guevara'

“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'

“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'

"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, editor of 'Ploughshares'

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013307247
Publisher: Gival Press
Publication date: 10/23/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 667 KB

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.

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