In his first novel in ten years McInerney returns to our favorite Manhattan 'it' couple from his previous two novels BRIGHTNESS FALLS and THE GOOD LIFE - Corinne and Russell Calloway - who still feel as if they’re living the dream that drew them to New York City in the first place: book parties or art openings one night and high-society events the next; jobs they care about (and in fact love); twin children whose birth was truly miraculous; a loft in TriBeCa and summers in the Hamptons. But all of this comes at a fiendish cost. Russell, an independent publisher, has superb cultural credentials yet minimal cash flow; as he navigates a business that requires, beyond astute literary judgment, constant financial improvisation, he encounters an audacious, potentially game-changing—or ruinous—opportunity. Meanwhile, instead of chasing personal gain in this incredibly wealthy city, Corrine devotes herself to helping feed its hungry poor, and she and her husband soon discover they’re being priced out of the newly fashionable neighborhood they’ve called home for most of their adult lives, with their son and daughter caught in the balance.
The New York Times Book Review's Sam Tanenhaus says of the previous two novels “Each generation needs its Manhattan novel, and many ache to write it...But it was McInerney who succeeded." He goes on to say that McInerney “possesses the literary naturalist’s full tool kit: empathy and curiosity, a peeled eye and a well-tuned ear, a talent for building narratives at once intimate and expansive, plausible and inventive.”
Vanity Fair calls McInerney “Our modern-day Fitzgerald.”
Jay McInerney is the author of Bright Lights, Big City, Ransom, Story of My Life, Brightness Falls, The Last of the Savages, Model Behaviour, How It Ended and The Good Life, as well as a number of acclaimed (and often funny) books on wine.
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