Bright, Precious Days
It's 2008 and Russell and Corrine Calloway have spent half their lives in the bright lights of New York. Obama and Clinton are fighting for leadership and the collapse of Lehman Brothers looms. Meanwhile, Russell is running his own publishing company, and clinging to their downtown loft; Corrine manages a charity, and is desperate to move somewhere with more space for their twins. Although they try to forget each other's past indiscretions, when Jeff Pierce's posthumous novel garners a new cult following, the memory of their friend begins to haunt the couple, and their increasingly unstable marriage is not helped by the unexpected reappearance of Corrine's former lover. Acutely observed and brilliantly told, Bright, Precious Days dissects the moral complexities of relationships - the mistakes we make and love's ability to adapt and survive them - confirming McInerney as a great chronicler of our life and times.
A dazzling new novel from the bestselling author of Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls that charts the lives of Manhattan's Lost Generation post 9/11
One of the most gifted writers of his generation ... Whatever he does makes fascinating reading Observer No contemporary author quite matches Jay McInerney Mail on Sunday Not only a brilliant stylist but a master of characterization, with a keen eye for the incongruities of urban life New York Times McInerney joins a small number of dissident novelists, headed by Norman Mailer, who change the way we look at American history Sunday Telegraph A scabrously scintillating stylist Guardian McInerney has a gift for the simultaneous perception of the glamour and tawdriness of city life Evening Standard
Jay McInerney came to prominence in 1984 with his first novel Bright Lights, Big City. He is the author of six further novels: Ransom, Story of My Life, Brightness Falls, The Last of the Savages, Model Behaviour and The Good Life, two short story collections, and three non-fiction books on wine, one of which was the acclaimed A Hedonist in the Cellar. He writes a wine column for Town and Country and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, the New York Times Book Review and Corriere della Sera. He lives in Manhattan and Bridgehampton, New York. jaymcinerney.com / @JayMcInerney