Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 208 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in
Published: August 12, 1984
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0394726413
ISBN - 13: 9780394726410
From the Publisher
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
From the Jacket
The tragicomedy of a young man in NYC, struggling with the reality of his mother''s death, alienation and the seductive pull of drugs.
About the Author
Jay McInerney was born in 1955 in Hartford, Conn. and earned his B.A from Williams College in 1976. He did postgraduate study at Syracuse University, and was a Princeton in Asia fellow in 1977. McInerney's career includes stints as a newspaper reporter, a textbook editor, and a fact checker for the New Yorker magazine. His writing has appeared in a variety of periodicals including Paris Review, Vogue, and Atlantic Monthly. His books include "Model Behavior,""The Last of the Savages," and "Bright Lights, Big City."
From Our Editors
Jay McInerney burst on to the literary scene with
Bright Lights, Big City. This
best-selling modern masterpiece follows a Manhattan yuppie who
seems to have it all: a successful model for a wife, a job at a
prestigious magazine, and plenty of wild friends. But the lights go
out, and in one week his life takes a drastic plunge downward.
McInerney is also the author of Model
"Bright Lights, Big City is a brilliant and moving
work-unique, refreshing, imaginatively powerful and authentically
-The New York Times
"Bright Lights, Big City defined, and even
determined, the mood of this whole town."
"Short, sleek and very funny.... Beneath it''s surface, though, a
heart''s cry for a saner, sweeter, more thoughtful and restrained
"Each generation needs its Manhattan novel, and many ache to write
it. But it was McInerney who succeeded."
-The New York Times Book Review