In the muse upon my shoulder an exceptionally diverse group of writers including evan s. Now that the novelist is a couple decades more mature, the urban hipsters he once chronicled have begun to suffer from marital malaise and midlife. The following entry presents an overview of mcinerneys career through 1996. Jay mcinerney takes us on a limo ride through love, lust, and high living in manhattan through the voice of a typical party girl. Promoting his new book, nightlife novelist jay mcinerney tells london the story of his life this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. The questions, discussion topics, and reading list that follow are intended to enhance your reading groups conversation about bright, precious days, jay mcinerneys vibrant and immersive novel about post 911 new york, and a circle of friends and acquaintances whose lives intersect at the crossroads of great social and political change. New and collected stories assembles much of the short fiction jay mcinerney has written over the course of a career now approaching three decades duration. The author jay mcinerney has embarked on a mission to kill off the decadent persona he earned in the pages of bright lights, big city. Jay mcinerney is the author of bright lights, big city, ransom, story of my life, brightness falls, the last of the savages, model behaviour, how it ended and the good life. Clinging to a semiprecarious existence in tribeca, corrine and russell calloway have survived a separation and are wonderstruck by young twins whos. The first novels i fell in love with were white fang and the call of the wild, but the first book that made me want to be a writer was the collected poems of dylan thomas. His novels include bright lights, big city, ransom, story of my life, brightness falls, and the last of the savages. Alison is originally from virginia and lives in manhattan, where she is. Story of my life by jay mcinerney in djvu, doc, rtf download ebook.
Jay mcinerney writing and wine jay mcinerney new book. If youre a fan of jay mcinerneys series of novels which began with brightness falls you wont need to be told who the calloways are nor will you need to have explained to you why i was thrilled at the prospect of a new one despite my disappointment with the good life which picked up their story around the time of. Mcinherny writes convincingly as a young woman at least from my male point of viewno mean feat. Buy a cheap copy of how it ended book by jay mcinerney. Jay mcinerney, author of bright lights, big city, on librarything librarything is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers home groups talk zeitgeist. The good life jefferson county public library overdrive. He chooses his list of essential new york novels interview by eve gerber.
In his breathlessly paced new novel jay mcinerney revisits the nocturnal new york of bright lights, big city. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. The latest installment in jay mcinerneys manhattan. Jay mcinerney audio books, best sellers, author bio. The subject ensures that mcinerney will generate more attention than he has since his debut bright lights, big city, 1984. At his best, jay mcinerney is a scathing portraitist of urban life. The good life gives us the 40ish calloways and their elite friends as they. In this appreciation of raymond carver, mcinerney says that carvers interest in the commonplace and reverence for language helped liberate a generation of writers. Clinging to a semiprecarious existence in tribeca, corrine and russell calloway have survived a separation and are wonderstruck by young twins whose provenance is nothing less than miraculous. But, ultimately, this is jay mcinerney doing what he does best, presenting us with the life of new york city in all its moral complexity. Alison poole, twenty going on 40,000, is a budding actress already fatally well versed in hopping the clubs, shopping chanel falling in and. Jay mcinerney ebooks epub and pdf downloads ebookmall. Essential new york novels jay mcinerney on five books. Jay mcinerneys the good life joins the body of fiction grappling with the events of september 11, 2001, and the various landscapes literal, personal, political forever altered by that day.
Jay mcinerneys most popular book is bright lights, big city. Promoting his new book, nightlife novelist jay mcinerney. Tads mission in life is to have more fun than anyone else in new york city, and this involves a lot of moving around, since there is always the likelihood that you are missing something, that where you arent is more fun than where you are. Choose from our hand picked collection of the best public domain books to be found in the english language from the last five hundred years. Twenty years later it is still an important book, and it has been an influence on a generation of writers, including me. Through the lens of catastrophe, the good life explores that territory between hope and despair, love and loss, regret and fulfilment. Connell, anthony piccione, david trinidad, william stafford, jean thompson, vance bourjaily, e. And it felt good not to think about it all the damn time. Jay mcinerneys latest novel, bright, precious days, is available now from knopf. If youre a fan of jay mcinerneys series of novels which began with brightness falls way back in 1992, you wont need to be told who the calloways are nor will you need to have explained to you why i was thrilled at the prospect of a new one despite my disappointment with the good life which picked up russell and corrines story around the time of 911.
A famous drawing of by saul steinberg shows a view of the world from 9th avenue, the foreshortened perspective of. Mcinerney bright lights, big city focuses his attention largely on corinne calloway and luke mcgavock, two strangers who have an otherworldly encounter in the early hours of september 12, then meet again. Jay mcinerney has picked a more serious backdrop for his new novel, the good life, but he cant help being seduced by glamour and wealth. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the good life. It is a hilarious yet touching satire of the postmodern female growing up way too fast in a disaffected world.
Register now for free access to our ebooks, all available as epub and kindle mobi books. Story of my life is a novel published in 1988 by american author jay mcinerney. Ransom, story of my life, brightness falls, the last of the savages, model behaviour and the good life, two short story. This is jay mcinerney doing what he does best, presenting us with life in new york city, in all its moral complexity. Jay mcinerney 1955 american novelist, short story writer, and editor. Of all american metropolises, new york has become one of the most interesting and representative cities for writers, some of whom, after the 911 terrorist attacks, have tried to reflect in their fiction the consequences of this traumatic event. Doctorow, stanley elkin, jay mcinerney, beth henley, david hwang, bud schulberg, and mary gordon discuss the creative process.
All content included on our site, such as text, images, digital downloads and other, is the property of its content suppliers and protected by us and international laws. Doctorow, stanley elkin, jay mcinerney, beth henley, david hwang, bud schulberg, and mary gordon discuss the. I read fern hill in an anthology in eighth grade english class and i was knocked out by. A sequel to his 1992 novel, brightness falls, it takes place immediately before, during, and after the. The good life, by jay mcinerney the new york times book. Click to read more about story of my life by jay mcinerney. Jay mcinerney reveals the trials of a perfect couple mcinerney became famous in the 1980s for his semiautobiographical novel about a. Jay mcinerney came to prominence in 1984 with his first novel bright lights, big city. In the good life, jay mcinerney unveils a story of love, family, con. Librarything is a cataloging and social networking site for booklovers.
With the publication of bright lights, big city in 1984, jay mcinerney became a literary sensation, heralded as the voice of a generation. Jay mcinerney ebooks epub and pdf format jay mcinerney ebooks. The good life is a 2006 novel written by jay mcinerney. The good life picks up the story of russell and corrine on the evening of september 10, 2001, as they host a dinner party for several friends one of whom will be killed in the collapsing towers. Books by jay mcinerney author of bright lights, big city. Adventures in the wine cellar by jay mcinerney and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. With a little additional time for reflection, mcinerney might have conceived a more resonant fictional use of the literal horrors of 911 in lower. These two manhattan families are teetering on the brink of change when 911 happens. And maybe going ahead with the original plan is for the best anyway.
The novel follows a young man, living in manhattan as if he owned it, through nightclubs, fashion shows, editorial offices, and loft parties as he attempts to outstrip mortality and the recurring approach of dawn. Story of my life, written by jay mcinherny from the first person point of view of one alison poole, a 20something bonvivant actress wannabe, is both lively and engaging. This is terrain that mcinerney the last of the savages, 1996, etc. A sequel to his 1992 novel, brightness falls, it takes place immediately before, during, and after the events of september 11, 2001. The novel is narrated in the firstperson from the point of view of alison poole, an ostensibly jaded, cocaine addled, sexually voracious 20yearold. The targets of his fiercest barbs are the same people who obviously. Jay mcinerney is the author of seven novels, numerous short stories. Mcinerneys novel of 911 and its aftershocks offers acute cultural observation before sinking into a sappy romance.
The good life explores through the lens of catastrophe that territory between hope and despair, love and loss, regret and fulfilment. But ultimately this is jay mcinerney doing what he does best, presenting us with the life of new york city in all its moral complexity. The author of bright lights, big city, jay mcinerney, tells us what changed after 911 and which books best capture the ambition, romance and creativity of new york. In the good life, jay mcinerney unveils a story of love, family, conflicting desires, and catastrophic loss in his most powerfully searing work thus far. Jay mcinerney has picked a more serious backdrop for his new novel, the good life, but he cant help being seduced by glamour and wealth, says adam marsjones. The good life, model behavior, ransom, how it ended by. Clinging to a semiprecarious existence in tribeca, corrine and russell calloway have survived a separation and are wonderstruck by young twins whose provenance is nothing less than miraculous several miles uptown and perched near the top of. Originally published by atlantic monthly press in 1988, and now reissued by grove press, the story of my life by jay mcinerney is a hilarious, sobering portrait of 1980s new york city featuring twentysomething actress alison poole and her coterie of clubhopping, cokeaddicted friends. How jay mcinerney combined his love of writing and wine. In this bestselling novel, the author of bright lights, big city unveils a story of love, family, conflicting desires, and catastrophic loss in a powerfully. From the writer whose first novel, bright lights, big city, defined a generation and whose seventh and most recent, the good life, was an acclaimed national best.1099 320 1414 344 829 1131 279 1293 614 308 718 31 691 1093 1227 1313 246 370 80 914 161 1124 1224 796 204 849 495 752 98 913 496