The Good Life

by Jay Mcinerney

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9/11 was an event that changed all of us and so much has been written about it. So you might think a novel set around the events of the day 5 years on would feel out of touch – but none of it. Using characters from his huge bestseller Brightness Falls and again set in the hot house of brittle and privileged Manhattan society, he superbly examines the personal changes this global event had on  these people - people battered by loss, betrayal and even love. Highly recommended.

The Good Life Synopsis

In the shadow of 9/11, a story of love, family and conflicting desires.
 
Jay McInerney revisits ten years on some of the characters that populated Brightness Falls. Luke McGavock, in the enviable position of having made more money than he can spend, has chosen to take a sabbatical in which he might recover the sense of purpose suddenly lacking in his life. But his wife is more than up to the task of spending and very much a part of Upper East Side society, which affects their daughter in ways that he shudders to think about.

Meanwhile, Russell and Corrine Galloway have survived a separation and managed to produce, by extraordinary medical means, two children who help bind them together, even if the promise of their early years together has thinned and faded. Russell is still in publishing, though in a diminished role, while Corrine casts about for a role she might play other than mother.

These are only some of the lives transformed by 9/11, in which both McGavock and the Calloways lose a friend, and Luke and Corrine soon find themselves side by side, providing food and drink to workers at the devastated site, while feeling lost anywhere else. This novel is the story of the love that develops between them, people battered by loss and betrayal, by memory and regret, by fresh disappointment and shocks, people determined to discover, before it's too late, what the good life truly is.

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ISBN: 9780747580904
Publication date: 06/03/2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780747580904
Publication date: 6th March 2006
Author: Jay Mcinerney
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,
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About Jay Mcinerney

Jay McInerney was born in 1955. He has written fiction for magazines such as Esquire and Atlantic and is the author of the novels Bright Lights, Big City, Ransom, Story of My Life, Brightness Falls and The Last of the Savages, most of which are published by Penguin. He also edited The Penguin Book of New American Voices and he wrote the screenplay for the film version of Bright Lights, Big City. He lives in New York City.   Author photo © Marion Ettlinger

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