Story of My Life (Paperback)

Author: McInerney, Jay

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Originally published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 1988, and now reissued by Grove Press, The Story of My Life by Jay McInerney is a hilarious, sobering portrait of 1980s New York City featuring twenty-something actress Alison Poole and her coterie of club-hopping, coke-addicted friends. In this breathlessly paced novel, McInerney revisits the nocturnal New York of Bright Lights, Big City. Alison Poole is a budding actress already fatally well versed in hopping the clubs, shopping Chanel, falling in and out of lust, and abusing other people''s credit cards. As Alison races toward emotional breakdown, McInerney gives us a funny yet oddly touching portrait of a postmodern Holly Golightly coming to terms with a world in which everything is permitted and nothing really matters.

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Publisher Pgw
Mfg Part# 9780802144584
SKU 211881608
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0802144586
Release Date 3/10/2010
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Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 0.5T
Author Info
Jay McInerney
Born in Hartford, the son of a corporate vice president, Jay McInerney comes from a privileged background, and spent almost half his childhood in Europe. He attended Williams College and received an M.F.A. from Syracuse University, where he studied with Raymond Carver, initially an influence on his writing. (McInerney admits that, along with many writers of his generation, he wrote imitation-Carver stories for years.) His ultimate inspiration, however, was F. Scott Fitzgerald, a direct influence on his best-selling novel, BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY (for which he also wrote the movie adaptation). In addition to writing fiction, McInerney is also a respected wine connoisseur and has contributed wine columns to various publications.
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Annotation Jay McInerney's third novel, published four years after his wildly successful BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY, covers some of the same ground and takes place in the same milieu, but is told entirely from a woman's point of view. Alison Poole is 21, an aimless young woman from a wealthy family who spends her evil father's money on a serious cocaine habit, lives from one meaningless sexual encounter to another, and heads for a nervous breakdown--though McInerney allows her, in the end, a little bit of hope. THE STORY OF MY LIFE is, in many ways, as quintessenial a portrait of a certain slice of 1980s New York City as his first novel.
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Number of Pages 0202
Publisher Grove Press

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