Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 208 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.55 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 America.
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 Behavior.
"Bright Lights, Big City is a brilliant and moving work—unique, refreshing, imaginatively powerful and authentically conceived."
—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 existence."
"Each generation needs its Manhattan novel, and many ache to write it. But it was McInerney who succeeded."
—The New York Times Book Review