Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 3 Critic Reviews



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 Jay McInerney

See more books from this Author
Jay McInerney is the author of seven novels including "Bright Lights, Big City" and "Brightness Falls," He has also published a collection of short stories, "How it Ended," and two books on wine. He is a regular contributor to "New York Magazine," the "Guardian Weekly," and "Corriere della Serra," He lives in New York City and Water Mill, New York.
Published August 10, 2011 by Vintage. 205 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Bright Lights, Big City

The Guardian

See more reviews from this publication

You notice you've written Dead Amanda instead of Dear Amanda on a letter.

Sep 26 2008 | Read Full Review of Bright Lights, Big City

Ploughshares Literary Magazine

The New York Times was not impressed with Bright Lights, Big City when it first appeared in 1984.

Jan 09 2017 | Read Full Review of Bright Lights, Big City

Reader Rating for Bright Lights, Big City

An aggregated and normalized score based on 173 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review