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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.
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 Verification||11|
|The Utility of Fiction||36|
|A Womb With a View||54|
|Les Jeux Sont Faits||69|
|Coma Baby Lives!||80|
|Pygmies, Ferrets and Dog Chow||99|
|Linguine and Sympathy||128|
|Sometimes a Vague Notion||145|
|The Night Shift||160|
|How It's Going||170|