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'

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Published October 22, 2011 by Gival Press. 196 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The requisite find-an-apartment bit is handled with a sweetly weirdo touch, as Michelle lands a berth with an oldster who charges cheap, so long as Michelle bathes her and suffers her singing of “zany Norwegian songs.” Mishaps mount up—she crashes her car trying to sell it to a perplexed Chinese ...

Sep 21 2011 | Read Full Review of Show Up, Look Good

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But once I got further into the story I started to think of the protagonist, Michelle, a girl in her mid-thirties from Kankakee, Illinois, come to “make it” in New York, in terms of Holden Caulfield, the runaway of The Catcher in the Rye.

Oct 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Show Up, Look Good

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