Story of My Life
In his breathlessly paced new novel Jay McInerney revisits the nocturnal New York of Bright Lights, Big City. Alison Poole, twenty going on 40,000, is a budding actress already fatally well versed in hopping the clubs, shopping Chanel falling in and out of, lust, and abusing other people's credit cards. As Alison races toward emotional breakdown, McInerney gives us a hilar...more
Published originally as part of the American Vintage Contemporaries series, Jay McInerney’s high octane novel is written from the point of view of a young woman, specifically 21-year old Alison Poole, a rich gorgeous aspiring actress living the cocaine-fueled revved-up life in 1980s Manhattan, a gal who tells her friends how after meeting and spending a night in bed with Dean, her new boyfriend, she is totally in lust. Her friends demand details: length and width.
Every page offers pe ...more
Story of my Life is written from the perspective of 20-year-old Alison Poole, a party girl and aspiring actress. ...more
McInerney achieves a power and a true voice and sustains it. Cutting insights and a deliriously good read.
ETA Well, rather than actually dreaming up a character, apparently McInerney just transcribed the thoughts and sayings of his girlfriend at the time (he appears to have been the novel's slumming Dean) who went on to become Jonathan Edwards' babymama. That's....just so very disappointing. (I can't stand his ...more
Okay. I can check McInerney off my bucket-list of authors to read.
About three-fourths of the way through this novel, Allison Poole, ...more
I think it was good writing, not great, but just good. I know that I ventured in knowing exactly what it was and there were no surprises, it was exactly as expected. I felt cheap and hungover afterwards, blah.
Basically its a short glimpse into an exaggerated tale of my own early drunken 2o's past of regrets (minus the coke details, never got into it)
There were no tricks or plot twists, this was a plainly written story about sexua ...more
Alison Poole is a little selfish, admittedly undereducated and full of flaws but she is entirely honest and only occasionally flinches at telling the reader everything. I enjoyed reading the book and sympat ...more
I actually went to a reading when this book first came out and when he signed my book I felt the need to correct him on the Life magazine photo that's mentioned in the book (she's face-up, not face-down; makes all the difference). I don't think I've ever done that to any other author since but I was a 23-year-old nerd and this was IMPORT ...more
If McInerney should get any praise for this novel, it's for his mastery of narrative technique. Even when the plot falls flat - the storyline with the drug dealer Mannie seemed entirely out of place - the narrative is so well formulated that you have to forgive it. It definitely m ...more
The good: Mcinerney really is a talented writer, and the prosse jumps off the page and instantly forges a connection between the reader and protagonist.
The bad: Unlike Bright Lights, Big City and Ransom ...more
This is his second novel. I enjoyed it and was happy that it wasn't told by second person narrator, like his first one was.
It is about Allison Poole and is told by her, in fi ...more
"Less Than Zero" meets "Sex and the City." The trials and tribulations of a privileged 1980's New York slut nearing her 21st birthday. Dark humor and cocaine abound. Quotation marks to denote dialogue are replaced with the words "...so I go.." and "...then he was like..." I bet "The Hills" would be a lot like this book if TV shows had a director's cut.
Those amusements aside the book was.. okay. I don't know if just the book is ...more
Not being american i'd never heard of Lisa Jo Druck and had to wikipedia her. the book would suggest she made quite an impression on the author!
and it is also by far the best first person narrative i've ever read
I loved it. I picked it up at a book exchange and there was an inscription in the inside cover from a mother to her 20 year old daughter. She wrote how the book changed her life, and gave her guidance at a tumultuous time in her life. I loved this idea of mother handing it down to daughter, and admitting that there's t ...more
There's nothing particularly profound about the people and the 80s New York lifestyle it satirises, and it's not a book that screams Literary with a capital L. But make no mistake, it's very finely written and full of acute obser ...more
That sounds bad, I know. I'm not implying that Geeta was a self-obsessed blue blood who snorted her way into rehab after spending all of her family's money in the nightclubs of 1980s New York City. Much to the contrary. I guess I imagined her as the absent moral center to Story of My Life while I read it. I pictured her sneering at these ridiculous people from the dark wall of the nightclub, reflecting my own disapproval. And I suppose I did this for two reasons: ...more