Bright Lights, Big City

Bright Lights, Big City

by Jay McInerney


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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 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. With nothing but goodwill, controlled substances, and wit to sustain him in this anti-quest, he runs until he reaches his reckoning point, where he is forced to acknowledge loss and, possibly, to rediscover his better instincts. This remarkable novel of youth and New York remains one of the most beloved, imitated, and iconic novels in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394726410
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1984
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 107,333
Product dimensions: 5.17(w) x 7.97(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Jay McInerney is the author of eight novels, a collection of short stories and three collections of essays on wine. He lives in New York City and Bridgehampton, New York.

Table of Contents

It's Six A.M. Do You Know Where You Are?1
The Department of Factual Verification11
The Utility of Fiction36
A Womb With a View54
Les Jeux Sont Faits69
Coma Baby Lives!80
Pygmies, Ferrets and Dog Chow99
O Couture!119
Linguine and Sympathy128
Sometimes a Vague Notion145
The Night Shift160
How It's Going170

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