Brightness Falls (Vintage Contemporaries) by Jay McInerney

By Jay McInerney

Combining the lyrical commentary of F. Scott Fitzgerald with the laser-bright social satire of Evelyn Waugh, Jay McInerney provides us a singular that's stunningly complete and profoundly affecting. 

As he maps the fault strains spreading throughout the once-impenetrable marriage of Russell and Corrine Calloway and chronicles Russell's wildly formidable scheme to grab keep watch over of the publishing condo at which he works, Jay McInerney creates an elegy for brand new York within the Nineteen Eighties. From the literary chimeras and company raiders to these dispossessed by means of the pandemonium of cash and tool, Brightness Falls captures a rash period at its second of reckoning and offers fact again to a time that now turns out decidedly unreal.

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Dry yourself. It’s a new day. Start this new day. You can do anything you want, just have to dry off with those paper towels first. Exciting. Exciting because I knew if I wanted, it could be the beginning of a new period in my life. One where I solved problems as they happened. One where I solved problems before they even had all their elements. A new period where I eliminated problems before they were problems. With no fears or concerns, because those were for people who 58 [RONTEL] viewed life as a future, not something already happening.

Uh, is there a little baby anywhere here, I’m looking for a little baby. Is there a little baby anywhere around here, did you see one. I’m looking for a little baby. You little baby. “Pardon me I’m looking for a cute little baby,” I said. “Has anyone seen one. ” The cat looked like he was getting ready to jump into the crib. 49 [SAM PINK] “Ah, ah,” I said, loudly. ” The cat meowed and looked at me. My cat is better than you—I thought. My cat is the only cat I like—I thought. Which means, I don’t like you.

My brother didn’t respond until I was almost at the sandwich place. ” * I got a sandwich at this place near my apartment. I didn’t like the food there, but felt very hungry and dizzy. I went in and ordered. The man put together my sandwich as I directed. I pointed at the things I wanted. “That bread, please,” I said, pointing towards some bread behind a glass blocker. It was very intimate. An intimate process. A mutual trust. A marriage. 42 [RONTEL] In which he agreed to gently make my sandwich as I directed.

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