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he bestselling Brightness Falls--now in trade paper from the author of Bright Lights, Big City. In the story of Russell and Corrine Calloway, set against the world of New York publishing, McInerney provides a stunningly accomplished portrayal of people contending with early success, then getting lost in the middle of their lives.

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Overview

he bestselling Brightness Falls--now in trade paper from the author of Bright Lights, Big City. In the story of Russell and Corrine Calloway, set against the world of New York publishing, McInerney provides a stunningly accomplished portrayal of people contending with early success, then getting lost in the middle of their lives.

The bestselling Brightness Falls--now in trade paper from the author of Bright Lights, Big City. In the story of Russell and Corrine Calloway, set against the world of New York publishing, McInerney provides a stunningly accomplished portrayal of people contending with early success, then getting lost in the middle of their lives.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While the strengths of McInerney's writing are in evidence, the characterizations in this well-plotted generational portrait of late-'80s Manhattan yuppies fail to convince. A BOMC alternate and a three-week PW bestseller in cloth. Author tour. Apr.
Library Journal
The author of Bright Lights, Big City LJ 10/1/84 again offers an amusing and perceptive morality tale of Eighties excess. Russell Calloway, an editor for a major publishing house, and his stockbroker wife Corrine appear to be the perfect New York couple. Dissatisfied with the management of his publishing company, Russell organizes a hostile takeover bid and embarks on an affair with Trina, his investment banker. But he loses his shirt in the 1987 stock market crash, Corrine leaves him, and his best friend commits suicide. McInerney wryly examines the dilemma of people in their 30s who came of age with sex, drugs, and rock and roll and must now come to grips with adult responsibilities. Replete with ironic insight, wit, and style, this is highly recommended for popular fiction collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/92.-- Patricia Ross, Westerville P.L., Ohio
Sven Birkerts
Quick and compelling...a rich, detailed panorama of New York City life. The pace is Wolfean, with quick jump cuts from one charged encounter to the next. It's hard not to try to squeeze in one more chapter before putting out the lights at bedtime. -- Chicago Tribune
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679745471
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/4/1993

Meet the Author

Jay McInerney
Jay McInerney

The author of seven novels and two collections of essays on wine, Jay McInerney is a regular contributor to New York, The New York Times Book Review, The Independent and Corriere della Sera. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy and Granta. In 2006, Time cited his 1984 debut, Bright Lights, Big City, as one of nine generation-defining novels of the twentieth century. He was the recipient of the 2006 James Beard Foundation’s M.F.K.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2004

    A Book About Loss...McInerney at His Best.

    ``Brightness Falls'' tracks the lives of book editor Russell Calloway, his wife Corrine and their friends in New York in the 1980s. Most of the book is set in the months before the stock market crash of 1987. Russell is likable throughout. Even when Russell is neglecting his wife he's doing it for the ``right'' reasons. As the market and their friends' incomes soar so does Russell's ambition. Russell swims with the sharks in organizing a hostile takeover of the publishing house he works for. This puts even greater strain on his marriage to Corrine, who is weary from the pace of New York and the Wall Street job she despises. McInerney is masterful in his use of symbols and echo. Party guests and news stories surface and resurface to make the buzz of New York and the pain of the characters very real. Loss comes to the couple through the descent of their best friend into drug use. Jeff Pierce and Russell, college literary friends who turned pro together, are fascinated with each other and secretly would like to exchange lives. This exchange theme is expanded upon by McInerney in ``The Last of the Savages,'' a later work. Loss through marital infidelity is also explored. Russell opens the way to infidelity and apparently commits adultery. (McInerney leaves you wondering whether the deed actually occurred. But the main point is that Russell feels unfaithful in his heart). Russell is later shaken when he learns Corrine had an affair years earlier. Russell has to deal with loss of wife, friends, job and money. Yet, at book's end, amid the tatters, Russell is quietly and bravely facing the future. And you can't help but admire that. Jay McInerney is a superb writer and ``Brightness Falls'' is his best work. I recommend it be read as a companion to his innovative ``Bright Lights, Big City.''

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