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The Good Life

by Jay Mcinerney

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | April 24, 2007 | Trade Paperback

The Good Life is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
In The Good Life, Jay McInerney unveils a story of love, family, conflicting desires, and catastrophic loss in his most powerfully searing work thus far.Clinging to a semiprecarious existence in TriBeCa, Corrine and Russell Calloway have survived a separation and are wonderstruck by young twins whose provenance is nothing less than miraculous. Several miles uptown and perched near the top of the Upper East Side’s social register, Luke McGavock has postponed his accumulation of wealth in an attempt to recover the sense of purpose now lacking in a life that often gives him pause. But on a September morning, brightness falls horribly from the sky, and people worlds apart suddenly find themselves working side by side at the devastated site.Wise, surprising, and, ultimately, heart-stoppingly redemptive, The Good Life captures lives that allow us to see–through personal, social, and moral complexity–more clearly into the heart of things.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 3.13 × 2.02 × 0.32 in

Published: April 24, 2007

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375725458

ISBN - 13: 9780375725456

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good book. Our favorite NYC couple is back with us. Interesting times, after 9-11. Surprised by the ending. McInerney describes the rich and the useless in NYC like no one else can.
Date published: 2006-06-15

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The Good Life

by Jay Mcinerney

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 pages, 3.13 × 2.02 × 0.32 in

Published: April 24, 2007

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0375725458

ISBN - 13: 9780375725456

About the Book

Hailed by "Newsweek" as "a superb and humane social critic," McInerney has written a novel rich with characters and events, both comic and harrowing, revealing the moral complexities in New York after the 9/11 attacks as well as the toll taken on those lucky enough to have survived them.

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Summer used to be as endless as the ocean when she was a girl and her family rented the gray shingled cottage on Nantucket. Now, she found it hard to believe she was already back in Manhattan and the kids were in school and she was already racing home, late again, feeling guilty that she''d lingered over a drink with Casey Reynes. The kids had been home for hours after their first day in first grade, and she had yet to hear about it. Women blamed themselves; men blamed anything but. This was Corrine''s interpretation of the guilt nipping at her high heels as she cantered up Hudson Street from the subway, passing the hand-lettered sign in the window of their Chinese takeout: FRESHLY GROUNDED COFFEE. Guilt about leaving the kids for so long, about not helping Russell with dinner, about attempting to restart her long-dormant professional life. Oh, to be grounded herself. Seven-fifteen by her watch. Still attuned to the languorous rhythm of the summer—they''d just closed up the house in Sagaponack four days ago—she''d barely had time to kiss the kids good-bye this morning and now the guests would be arriving at any minute, Russell frenzied with cooking and child care. Bad mother, bad wife, bad hostess. Bad . When she had yearned to be a mother, imagining what it would be like to be a parent, it had been easy to conjure the joy . . . the scenes of tenderness, the Pieta moments. What you don''t picture are the guilt and the fear that take up residence at the front of yo
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From the Publisher

In The Good Life, Jay McInerney unveils a story of love, family, conflicting desires, and catastrophic loss in his most powerfully searing work thus far.Clinging to a semiprecarious existence in TriBeCa, Corrine and Russell Calloway have survived a separation and are wonderstruck by young twins whose provenance is nothing less than miraculous. Several miles uptown and perched near the top of the Upper East Side’s social register, Luke McGavock has postponed his accumulation of wealth in an attempt to recover the sense of purpose now lacking in a life that often gives him pause. But on a September morning, brightness falls horribly from the sky, and people worlds apart suddenly find themselves working side by side at the devastated site.Wise, surprising, and, ultimately, heart-stoppingly redemptive, The Good Life captures lives that allow us to see–through personal, social, and moral complexity–more clearly into the heart of things.

From the Jacket

“A real love story . . . with a sympathy and depth new to McInerney’s fiction.” —The New York Times

“The Good Life is McInerney’s most fully imagined novel as it is his most ambitious and elegiac.” —The New York Review of Books

“A triumph.”—The Village Voice

“McInerney at his narrative best.”—Chicago Sun-Times

About the Author

Jay McInerney is the author of seven novels including Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls. He has also published a collection of short stories, How it Ended, and two books on wine. He is a regular contributor to New York Magazine, the Guardian Weekly, and Corriere della Serra. He lives in New York City and Water Mill, New York.

Editorial Reviews

“A real love story . . . with a sympathy and depth new to McInerney’s fiction.” —The New York Times

“The Good Life
is McInerney’s most fully imagined novel as it is his most ambitious and elegiac.” —The New York Review of Books

“A triumph.”—The Village Voice

“McInerney at his narrative best.”—Chicago Sun-Times
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