The Good Life


Author: Jay McInerney Exclusive: James Frey Reviews The Good Life,Jay McInerney’s Bright Lights, Big City was initially released in 1984. Twenty years later it is still an important book, and it has been an influence on a generation of writers, including me. McInerney’s career since has been one of highs (Brightness Falls, The Last of the Savages) and lows (Ransom, The Story of my Li….Read More

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Brightness Falls

Brightness Falls is the story of Russell and Corrine Calloway. Set against the world of New York publishing, McInerney provides a stunningly accomplished portrayal of people contending with early success,… Continue Reading Posted in: English Fiction, Manners And Customs, United States


The author of American Psycho and Less Than Zero continues to shock and haunt us with his incisive and brilliant dissection of the modern world.In his most ambitious and gripping… Continue Reading Posted in: New York (State) New York, Political Fiction, Suspense Fiction

Story of My Life

In his breathlessly paced new novel Jay McInerney revisits the nocturnal New York of Bright Lights, Big City. Alison Poole, twenty going on 40,000, is a budding actress already fatally… Continue Reading Posted in: American Humorous Fiction, Bildungsromans, Sex Customs, United States, Women's Psychological Fiction

Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

Jon Krakauer’s literary reputation rests on insightful chronicles of lives conducted at the outer limits. He now shifts his focus from extremes of physical adventure to extremes of religious belief… Continue Reading Posted in: Bibliography, Electronic Books, Violence

The Last of the Savages

From the writer whose earlier novels captured all the hypnotic excess of the 1980s comes a novel of splendid scope that traces the arc of an entire generation. Patrick Keane… Continue Reading Posted in: Art History, Literary Fiction, Manners And Customs, Social Life And Customs, Soul Music

Less Than Zero

Set in Los Angeles in the early 1980's, this coolly mesmerizing novel is a raw, powerful portrait of a lost generation who have experienced sex, drugs, and disaffection at too… Continue Reading Posted in: Fiction In English 1945, Friendship, P1030

A Widow for One Year

“One night when she was four and sleeping in the bottom bunk of her bunk bed, Ruth Cole woke to the sound of lovemaking—it was coming from her parents’ bedroom.”This… Continue Reading Posted in: Coming of Age Fiction, Fiction, Humorous Literary Fiction, Love Triangle, Video

Bright Lights, Big City

With the publication of Bright Lights, Big City in 1984, Jay McInerney became a literary sensation, heralded as the voice of a generation. The novel follows a young man, living… Continue Reading Posted in: Contemporary Literature & Fiction, English Fiction, United States

The Emperor’s Children

Danielle, a junior television producer, is on the hunt for the documentary idea that will make her reputation; Marina, the beautiful daughter of a famous and wealthy liberal journalist and… Continue Reading Posted in: Fiction, Fiction Satire, Friendship, Social Life And Customs, Women's Domestic Life Fiction

Lunar Park

The most exciting novel Bret Easton Ellis has written since American Psycho, and the publishing sensation of the year. Imagine becoming a bestselling novelist while still in college and almost… Continue Reading Posted in: Halloween, Married People, Novels England 2005

An Invisible Sign of My Own

An Invisible Sign of my Own is the story of Mona, a young woman obsessed with numbers, whose life is becoming overrun by bizarre compulsions. She lands a job as… Continue Reading Posted in: Love Stories, Mathematics Teachers, Mental Illness

Falling Man

There is September 11 and then there are the days after, and finally the years."Falling Man" begins in the smoke and ash of the burning towers and traces the aftermath… Continue Reading Posted in: American Literature, Contemporary Literature & Fiction, Psychological Fiction

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