Bright Lights, Big City

Bright Lights, Big City

By Jay McInerney

Vintage Contemporaries, Paperback, 9780394726410, 182pp.

Publication Date: August 1984


With the publication of Bright Lights, Big City in 1984, Jay McInerney became a literary sensation, heralded as the voice of a generation. The novel follows a young man, living in Manhattan as if he owned it, through nightclubs, fashion shows, editorial offices, and loft parties as he attempts to outstrip mortality and the recurring approach of dawn. With nothing but goodwill, controlled substances, and wit to sustain him in this anti-quest, he runs until he reaches his reckoning point, where he is forced to acknowledge loss and, possibly, to rediscover his better instincts. This remarkable novel of youth and New York remains one of the most beloved, imitated, and iconic novels in America.

About the Author
Jay McInerney is the author of seven novels including Brightness Falls and Bright Lights, Big City. He has also published a collection of short stories, How It Ended, and two books on wine. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review, the Guardian Weekly, and Corriere della Sera. He lives in New York City and Bridgehampton, New York.

Praise For Bright Lights, Big City

"Bright Lights, Big City is a brilliant and moving work—unique, refreshing, imaginatively powerful and authentically conceived."
The New York Times

"Bright Lights, Big City defined, and even determined, the mood of this whole town."
Vanity Fair

"Short, sleek and very funny.... Beneath it's surface, though, a heart's cry for a saner, sweeter, more thoughtful and restrained existence."
Chicago Tribune

"Each generation needs its Manhattan novel, and many ache to write it. But it was McInerney who succeeded."
The New York Times Book Review