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Jay McInerney


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John Barrett McInerney Jr. is an American writer. His novels include Bright Lights, Big City, Ransom, Story of My Life, Brightness Falls, and The Last of the Savages. He edited The Penguin Book of New American Voices, wrote the screenplay for the 1988 film adaptation of Bright Lights, Big City, and co-wrote the screenplay for the television film Gia, which starred Angelina Jolie. He is the wine columnist for House & Garden magazine, and his essays on wine have been collected in Bacchus & Me (2000) and A Hedonist in the Cellar (2006). His most recent novel is titled The Good Life, published in 2006.
 

Genres: Literary Fiction
 
Series
Brightness Falls
   1. Brightness Falls (1992)
   2. The Good Life (2006)
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Novels
   Bright Lights, Big City (1984)
   Ransom (1985)
   Story of My Life (1988)
   The Last of the Savages (1996)
   Model Behaviour (1998)
   Bright, Precious Days (2016)
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Collections
   Ten (1996) (with others)
   The Business (1999)
   How It Ended (2000)
   The Last Bachelor (2009)
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Novellas and Short Stories
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Anthologies edited
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Non fiction
   Bacchus and Me (2000)
   A Hedonist in the Cellar (2006)
   The Juice (2012)
   Wine Reads (2018)
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Omnibus editions
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Jay McInerney recommends
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Set for Life (2024)
Andrew Ewell
"Set for Life is a hilarious novel about failure, lost youth and squandered dreams. Andrew Ewell seems to be an expert on bad decisions, self destructive behavior and hangovers. His hugely entertaining debut reminds me of Frederick Exley's classic A Fan's Notes."
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Black Bottom Saints (2020)
Alice Randall
"Alice Randall's Black Bottom Saints arrives at a critical moment in our nation's history, and it's exactly the right book for our times--an entertaining and necessary act of hagiography and a singular hybrid of fiction, biography and history. I wish I could have seen Black Bottom in its heyday--and thrown back a cocktail with Ziggy Johnson--but reading Randall's latest novel makes me feel that, actually, I have."
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The Paper Wasp (2019)
Lauren Acampora
"Acampora is an original."

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Anthologies containing stories by Jay McInerney
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The Best American Mystery Stories: 1998 (1998)
(Best American Mystery Stories)
edited by
Sue Grafton and Otto Penzler

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