How It Ended: New and Collected Stories
From the Trade Paperback edition.
In Jay McInerney's world, no one leaves Ne ...more
There are only a few of those dead weight stories, you'll be happy to know, and most of them are absolutely ...more
If asked who my favorite author is, my pat answer has always been Tom Wolfe. Now, I'm not so sure. Maybe it's Jay McInerney, maybe it's not. I do know I'm about to embark on a McInerney glut, reading everything he's ever written in the next few months, including re-reading ...more
The content and cha ...more
McInerney's debut novel, "Bright Lights, Big City", was a critical and commercial success that encapsulated the atmosphere and social life of New York in the 1980's. The novel also created a lasting comparison to F. Scott Fitzgerald, who wrote a novel, "The Great Gatsby", that encapsulated the atmosphere and social life of New York in ...more
Compared by critics to such literary giants as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, J. D. Salinger, and Graham Greene, McInerney has demonstrated impressive depth and range over the last three decades, and most critics valued How It Ended as a record of McInerney's evolution as a writer. Retaining his mordant humor and panache alongside hard-won wisdom and maturity, McInerney dissects the ambitions and excesses of youth as they yield to the limitations and moderation of middle age. He revisits...more
Women also get short shrift in McInerney's fiction. They are idealized as unattainable angels (and dead mothers) or portrayed as sexual objects to conquer or discard.
McInerney may think he's a modern-day F. Sco ...more
If nothing else it's curious to read the short story origins of some McInerney novels. He is a good writer and some of these stories really stuck with me - especially the post 9-11 stories like the guy who is with his mistress when the towers fall and his wife' ...more
I really liked the authors previous book Bright Lights Big City and had not had the chance to read many of the authors other short stories that had appeared in the New Yorker as well as other literary publications.