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Bright Lights, Big City

Bright Lights, Big City

Author(s): Jay McInerney

Location(s): New York City (NYC)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1980s



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.

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

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