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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
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
Jay McInerney recommends
Slaves of New York (1986)
Tama Janowitz
"The shrewd observation, the skewed invention ... are the gifts of a singular talent."
Doghouse Roses (2001)
Steve Earle
"A beautiful and moving collection."
Dreaming of Gwen Stefani (2007)
Evan Mandery
"Dreaming of Gwen Stefani is a quirky and compelling riff on the nature of romantic obsession, celebrity worship, free will versus determinism and the Joys of Papaya King Hot dogs."
Mergers and Acquisitions (2007)
Dana Vachon
"A witty and entertaining immorality tale."
South Beach (2008)
Brian Antoni
"South Beach : The Novel is one part fairy tale, one part travelogue, and one part X-Tube porn video mixed with several tabs of ecstacy. Decadence has never seemed so sweet and innocent as it does in Brian Antoni's lost world of deco and disco in premillennial Miami."
Family Planning (2008)
Karan Mahajan
"Masterful... One of the best comic novels I've read in years."
Better (2009)
John O'Brien
"John O'Brien was a stunningly talented writer who created poetry from the most squalid materials."
Disappear (2010)
Talitha Stevenson
"Timely and timeless... moving and elegant."
Inside (2012)
Alix Ohlin
"Ohlin has a great eye, a great ear, and all the other equipment auguring a very successful future."
The Destroyers (2016)
Christopher Bollen
"A smart, sophisticated literary thriller."
It Happens in the Hamptons (2017)
Holly Peterson
"It Happens in the Hamptons is an sizzling beach read with all the right ingredients: sex, romance, class warfare, bikinis, and a mysterious man. If you can't make it to the Hamptons this summer, this is the next best thing."
The Paper Wasp (2019)
Lauren Acampora
"Acampora is an original."
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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