Story of My Life

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In his breathlessly paced new novel Jay McInerney revisits the nocturnal New York of Bright Lights, Big City. Alison Poole, twenty going on 40,000, 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 hilarious yet oddly touching portrait of a postmodern Holly Golightly coming to terms with a world in which ...
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Overview

In his breathlessly paced new novel Jay McInerney revisits the nocturnal New York of Bright Lights, Big City. Alison Poole, twenty going on 40,000, 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 hilarious yet oddly touching portrait of a postmodern Holly Golightly coming to terms with a world in which everything is permitted and nothing really matters.

A budding actress already fatally well versed in bar hopping and falling in and out of lust, races towards emotional breakdown.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802144584
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/20/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 636,975
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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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 April 2, 2014

    Jaysoar's Story

    I am on vacation, so when I get back, I'll post the next chapter! ~Liv

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  • Posted June 3, 2012

    Would prefer to give it 3.5 stars, but I'll round up because it

    Would prefer to give it 3.5 stars, but I'll round up because it was fun. I heard McInerney talking about his new book and mentioning that in "Story of My Life" his character was based on Rielle Hunter whom he had dated back-in-the-day. We know what she's like now, but what was she like BITD? The book is in the first person, told by a 20-year old trust fund girl living in NYC who does too many drugs, sleeps with too many men, wants to be an actress, parties hearty, falls in and out of 'love' with men who don't (surprise!) love her back, borrows money from everyone (when dad doesn't send the checks), and doesn't want a real job. Her friends are pretty much the same. She does have a sense of humor about it all and she comes out with some great, laugh-out-loud, memorable lines. I did laugh a lot. Though I kept saying out loud, "This is so sleazy", I kept right on reading until I was done. It's a day-and-a-half book. A good beach read. He certainly did capture the character and she was easy to imagine. And perhaps now we know how those girls turn out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2004

    a cult book

    an absolute classic if you ask me ... I am a fervent adept of chick lit , but this one goes far beyond mainsteam girlie stuff.Jay Mc Inerney is brillant at voicing his characters thoughts and feelings>

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2002

    You can't read it just once!

    I first read this book about 7 years ago and it soon became 'old faithful' when I had nothing else worth reading. I let someone borrow it and I was devastated when they failed in returning it as promised. I am now buying it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2002

    sad, funny and honest

    from the first line you get sucked in to Allisons world. I read the book in one sitting. felt sad, laughed out loud, and appreciated the honesty

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