Jay McInerney Omnibus: "Story of My Life", "Brightness Falls"
Story of My Life For twenty-year-old Alison, Manhattan is a playground. She attends Lee Strasberg's Acting School (when she can get the fees together) and is smart, sarcastic and sussed. Her life is a carnival of gossip and midnight sessions of Truth or Dare, and her cocaine-bashing friends and flirting flatmates all crave satiation. She's fallen deeply in lust with Dean, although she can't do anything about it until that nasty present Skip Pendleton left her with clears up. Story of her life, right? But in a world of no consequences or cares, Alison seems to be heading for a meltdown. Brightness Falls Their moment was of the brief, shining sort when everything seemed possible: the gold rush of the 1980s, when the best and the brightest vied with the worst and most craven for riches, fame and the love of beautiful people. With all the force and cunning enterprise of Manhattan itself, Brightness Falls captures lives-in-the-making: men and women confronting their sudden middle-age with wit and low behaviour, or fear and confusion, and occasionally even a little honesty and decency. None of them, ever, would be the same again...
- Paperback | 640 pages
- 129 x 198 x 130mm | 510g
- 16 Aug 2004
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
Story of My Life: 'Jay McInerney has proven himself not only a brilliant stylist but a master of characterisation, with a keen eye for incongruities of urban life' New York Times Book Review 'McInerney's Story of My Life is quite as brilliant as Bright Lights, Big City and a lot funnier' Sunday Times Brightness Falls: 'Smart, funny and brilliant ... this new book rolls along to an ominous beat ... powerfully affecting' Independent 'A funny, self-mocking, sometimes brilliant portrait of Manhattan's young literary and Wall Street crowd, our latest Lost Generation ... McInerney's version of Thackeray's Vanity Fair' Time
About Jay McInerney
Jay McInerney is the author of six novels. He lives in New York and Nashville.