Story of My Life

Story of My Life

by Jay McInerney

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Story of My Life by Jay McInerney

Originally published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 1988, and now reissued by Grove Press, The Story of My Life by Jay McInerney is a hilarious, sobering portrait of 1980s New York City featuring twenty-something actress Alison Poole and her coterie of club-hopping, coke-addicted friends. In this breathlessly paced novel, McInerney revisits the nocturnal New York of Bright Lights, Big City. Alison Poole 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 funny yet oddly touching portrait of a postmodern Holly Golightly coming to terms with a world in which everything is permitted and nothing really matters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802144584
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/20/2010
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 647,613
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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.

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Story of My Life 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
jedisluzer on LibraryThing 6 days ago
My English professor once offered this as an example of a guy trying and not really succeeding at a woman's voice, but I begged to differ. This is a hilarious yet tragic book and I loved the voice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am on vacation, so when I get back, I'll post the next chapter! ~Liv
Atthebeach More than 1 year ago
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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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>
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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