Emma Who Saved My Life
by Wilton Barnhardt

"A bygone New York has been very much in vogue in TV and books as of late, but Emma is as much a universal coming-of-age story as a very specific tale about New York from the mid-'70s to the early '80s. Plus, it's just flat-out hilarious. Gil moves to New York to try to become an actor and falls under the spell of Emma, one of his roommates. I love it because it's not overtly nostalgic, yet it also doesn't require Gil to disavow his younger self."
— Laura Lippman, Wilde Lake