Jay McInerney s first novel since the best selling The Good Life a sexy, vibrant, cross generational New York story a literary and commercial read of the highest order.Russell and Corrine Calloway seem to be living the New York dream book parties one night and high society charity events the next jobs they care about and actually enjoy twin children, a boy and a giJay McInerney s first novel since the best selling The Good Life a sexy, vibrant, cross generational New York story a literary and commercial read of the highest order.Russell and Corrine Calloway seem to be living the New York dream book parties one night and high society charity events the next jobs they care about and actually enjoy twin children, a boy and a girl whose birth was truly miraculous a loft in TriBeCa and summers in the Hamptons But all of this comes at a high cost Russell, an independent publisher, has cultural clout but minimal cash as he navigates an industry that requires, beyond astute literary taste, constant financial improvisation, he encounters an audacious, expensive and potentially ruinous opportunity Meanwhile, instead of seeking personal profit in this incredibly wealthy city, Corrine is devoted to feeding its hungry poor, and they soon discover they re being priced out of their now fashionable neighborhood.Then Corrine s world is turned upside down when the man with whom she d had an ill fated affair in the wake of 9 11 suddenly reappears As the novel unfolds across a period of stupendous change including Obama s historic election and the global economic collapse he inherited the Calloways will find themselves and their marriage tested severely than they ever could have anticipated.
Bright Precious Days Jay McInerney s first novel since the best selling The Good Life a sexy vibrant cross generational New York story a literary and commercial read of the highest order Russell and Corrine Calloway see
You can t say he didn t warn us Jay McInerney s new novel, Bright, Precious Days, is bright and precious.It s his third book about Russell and Corrine Calloway, the New York couple that makes their friends believe a good marriage is still possible We first met these shiny lovers way back in 1992 in Brightness Falls and caught up with them again in 2006 in The Good Life, which, if nothing else, means their relationship has lasted longer than most real life marriages.McInerney, now on his fourth w [...]
Recommended for readers who enjoyed THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES by Tom Wolfe THE PRIVILEGES by Jonathan Dee and CAPITAL by Tom Wolfe Sometimes don t you just want to see how the other 1% lives In Manhattan Throw in a ton of book people and book speak and just for the heck of it, the third book in the story of a marriage Sure, Jay McInerney often comes across as pompous but give him his credit the man can spin a taleIGHT, PRECIOUS DAYS picks up several years after THE GOOD LIFE left off It s the [...]
Bright, Precious Days is my first time reading Jay McInerney it will not be my last Loved this story set in NYC, at the cusp of the financial crisis and Obama s historic election, peppered with characters who are writers, artists, publishers, and at the center a couple who have been married for 25 years and continue to weather the storms that plague any long term relationship, as well as all that is happening in the world A great read from a seasoned writer.
I kinda hated every character in this Maybe I was supposed to
I have heard mainly sniffy things about this novel in reviews, but having read the first two novels featuring Russell, Corrine and the cast of Manhattan socialite literary set, I thoroughly enjoyed this update, taking in the couple s life around the time of Obama s election and through the financial crash I m not sure if this will be McInerney s last visit to the couple this is his first novel in many years but if he does feature them again, I hope against hope that any sex scenes he features ar [...]
Time marches on, both for Jay McInerney, who is never going to escape the aura of 1984 s Bright Lights, Big City, and for his characters, golden couple Russell and Corrine Calloway They first appeared in his 1992 fourth novel, Brightness Falls, set against the the financial turmoil of the late 1980s, and returned in 2006 s The Good Life, coping with the aftermath of 9 11 Now, McInerney picks up their story in Bright, Precious Days Knopf, digital galley , chronicling the years 2006 2008, when Art [...]
McInerney Scores a Homerun for the Art Love TeamThe prose of Jay McInerney shines in Bright, Precious Days, a nostalgic look back at the mid Aught highs and lows, hopes and hells, of the first century of the new millenium Comedy and tragedy mingle and sparkle against the backdrop of a love story between the idealistic Calloways as they wade into the melancholic springwaters of middle age, brave the muddywaters of a marriage marooned on the rocks Particularly enjoyable was the look into the pitfa [...]
Every ten years or so, Jay McInerney revisits Russell and Corrine Calloway who have served as prototypical upscale New Yorkers In Brightness Falls 1997 they find their footing almost as pilgrims colonizing Tribeca in the aftermath of the 80s in The Good Life 2007 , their marriage faces challenges in the wake of 9 11 Each of these books are written at a distance of several years after the seminal event, giving the perspective which McInerney handles so well Now it is 2007, but the book is coming [...]
An examination of a marriage at mid life, and NYC post 9 11 on the eve of the sub prime mortgage crisis Unexpectedly beautiful and resonant, although admittedly I m surely influenced by my own personal circumstances than I d usually be reading fiction.
I never did find the plot I have never known people who behaved like this I hated the characters and their lifestyles If I could give it no stars and write a review I would.
This novel is one big cliche It is the equivalent of meeting a paunchy man with a comb over on his third or fourth wife In fact, any book that opens, as this one does, with an older married man getting hit on by a woman so young he isn t sure she can legally order alcohol should be categorized separately This isn t fiction It s wishful male fantasy McInerney might as well have given us a mirror The young woman, by the way, is described as voluptuous, with pouty red lips, and who, at her first me [...]
Third in the series of New York zeitgeist novels featuring Corrine and Russell Calloway, and the investment banking and literary set around them, living a live of excess while consumed at times by the shallowness of their lives and set against some form of external crisis here the financial crash of 2008, albeit the role that plays here is less than the role of the 1987 crash in Brightness Falls and particularly that of September 11th in The Good Life.Corrine and Russell are still together Corri [...]
per i primi capitoli esasperante, non succede niente a parte un interminabile sfilza di name droppings poi, improvvisamente, non so neanche dire esattamente quando, diventa irresistibile e si va avanti a leggere fino a notte fonda per sapere che cosa succeder ai personaggi non perch sprizzino simpatia, ma perch sono molto veri almeno, a me lo sono parsi finisce in calando, ma rimane una buona lettura pi , se uno ha in programma un viaggio a New York pu usarlo come guida, risparmiando sull acquis [...]
Jay McInerney s new novel, Bright, Precious Days , is like Sex and the City only with married people rather than singletons Russell and Corrine Calloway met in college Brown , and as the novel opens, set in New York City in 2006, Russell is a book publisher and Corrine runs a non profit food charity they have eleven year old twins As the novel progresses it flashes back to the 1980s when the couple s college friend, Jeff, was living the Bright Lights, Big City life of sex, drugs and rock n roll, [...]
I greatly enjoyed McInerney s latest installment in the lives of Russell and Corrine These characters were first introduced to us in the great Brightness Falls to which I was led by Bright Lights, Big City These are great books informing us of the times in which the characters live, and how their relationship changes over time I would draw a modest comparison to the Rabbit series by John Updike, for the scope of the timeline than the content language, but it s oddly refreshed to get to spend t [...]
Your usual McInerney.
Heerlijk boek over financi le en culturele elite, in frisse stijl, met geloofwaardige personages CorrineMcInerney beschrijft het leven van 50 ers Corrine en Russell Corrine is een intelligente hoog opgeleide vrouw van goede komaf die niet haar draai kon vinden in de financi le wereld en een stichting runt die voedsel distribueert aan de minder bedeelden in New York Ze vindt dat haar werk voldoening geeft, maar worstelt ermee dat ze op haar leeftijd nog steeds financieel en qua behuizing leeft zo [...]
Ho voluto leggere La luce dei giorni, di Jay McInerney, uno degli autori americani del brat Pack letterario Non dovevo fidarmi di uno amico di Brett Easton Ellis.Ho odiato cordialmente il libro e i suoi protagonisti, e pensare che anche scritto molto bene Si ispira a F.S.Fitzgerald, i protagonisti della sua storia sono una coppia attorno alla quale ruotano molti personaggi Lui un ex aspirante scrittore, diventato piccolo editore indipendente e, come presto si scopre, pesante editor degli scritto [...]
We get it New York is a special, unique city Russell is literary and a foodie His wife is one dimensional as are all the women in this book and obsesses over a former lover she met the day after 9 11 Set in 2008, the economy is beginning to crater, Obama is a historic Presidential candidate, and everyone cheats on their spouses I just couldn t get into this, and the ending was trite Skip
Unbelievably uninteresting characters and story Trying to be a social commentator on society of his times just does not work Nothing works here I wanted to check in and see what Jay was up to and this book made me realize, not a lot.
I loved this story 4.5 stars
A well written and compelling narrative of the cesspool of New York egoists, drug addicts, artists and publishing A poignant and unexpected ending To Mc Inerney s credit, I feel i really got to know a few interesting, complex characters Enjoyable, if not immensely inspiring.
This is the story of a marriage and the many challenges it faces The story takes place in New York City, mostly in 2007 2008, though we get glimpses of other times One might think the author has a cynical view of marriage, particularly as an institution among the comparatively wealthy in Manhattan, given the many opportunities to stray I don t think that s what the author thinks in the end, but the picture he paints is quite gray for much of the novel Regardless, this is quite a good story, a co [...]
3 1 2 stars Centered around characters in NYC during the bank crisis Obama s 1st election The story was interesting in a gritty kind of way, and the characters true to life, though hopefully just reflecting a small percentage of us In fact, if you re seeking an argument against marriage, this story is a good start.
This is a competent, readable novel about NYC denizens that are very difficult to care about much Are we supposed to like these people
Interesting plot but with characters who inspire not an ounce of empathy Set in the middle of the financial crisis of 2008, the last book I hope of the trilogy that started with Brightness Falls, Bright, Precious Days chronicles how tough economic times and lack of communication can ruin not only the most ambitious projects, but also personal relationships On another note, I have to say that the Luke Corinne story became stale I mean, it s like the same song and dance that we saw in the second b [...]
McInerney is one of my favorite authors, and Brightness Falls my favorite book from him, so I was delighted to find out another book featuring Russell and Corinne Calloway had come out I m happy to say his prose style remains top notch, but the I reflect on the novel, the the shine wears off At the end of the day what did this book accomplish It has been six years since the tragedy of 9 11 and the events of The Good Life on the surface the Calloways still function as the perfect couple to thei [...]
Russell and Corrine Calloway move in all the right circles, but at the grand banquet that is New York society they re seated at the children s table Yes, Russell owns his company, but it s a publishing firm and while it has cachet it doesn t have much cash They live at an enviable address downtown, but in a cramped loft with one bathroom for four people When Bright, Precious Days opens Russell is enjoying a bump in his literary success with a talented young author he s just signed It s the heady [...]
Russell and Corinne Calloway were the ultimate NYC upper class WASP couple They had met at Brown as undergrads and married soon after Russell completed his study at Oxford Russell, the owner of a small publishing house and Corrine, the director of a non profit, were now the parents of twins, lived in a Soho loft and were very active on the NY social scene However their lives began to change as they approached the 25th anniversary of their marriage.In the aftermath of 9 11, Corinne had engaged in [...]
Bright Precious DaysByJay McInerneyI can not remember ever reading a book by this authoruntil this one Bright Precious Days is set in NYC and revolves around Russell and Corrine They live in a loft, Russell is a publisher while Corrine devotes herself to soup kitchens and charitable works However they are being priced out of their loft and their lifestyle because of the economy and an awful decision Russell has made What was once a comfortable way of living now is becoming slightly out of their [...]