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Bright, Precious Days

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Jay McInerney's first novel since the best-selling The Good Life a sexy, vibrant, cross-generational New York story -- a literary and commercial read of the highest order.

Russell and Corrine Calloway seem to be living the New York dream: book parties one night and high-society charity events the next; jobs they care about (and actually enjoy); twin children, a boy and a gi
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Knopf
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John G Sad to say Jay McInerney is just going through the motions pretending to still be the brilliant observer from the time of his rapid rise to fame with…moreSad to say Jay McInerney is just going through the motions pretending to still be the brilliant observer from the time of his rapid rise to fame with Bright Lights, Big City.
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Ron Charles
You can’t say he didn’t warn us. Jay McInerney’s new novel, “Bright, Precious Days,” is bright and precious.

It’s his third book about Russell and Corrine Calloway, the New York couple that makes their friends believe a good marriage is still possible. We first met these shiny lovers way back in 1992 in “Brightness Falls” and caught up with them again in 2006 in “The Good Life,” which, if nothing else, means their relationship has lasted longer than most real-life marriages.

McInerney, now on his
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended for readers who enjoyed THE BONFIRE OF THE VANITIES by Tom Wolfe; THE PRIVILEGES by Jonathan Dee; and CAPITAL by Tom Wolfe.

Sometimes don't you just want to see how the other 1% lives? In Manhattan? Throw in a ton of book people and book speak and just for the heck of it, the third book in the story of a marriage? Sure, Jay McInerney often comes across as pompous but give him his credit - the man can spin a tale.

BRIGHT, PRECIOUS DAYS picks up several years after THE GOOD LIFE left of
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bright, Precious Days is my first time reading Jay McInerney - it will not be my last. Loved this story set in NYC, at the cusp of the financial crisis and Obama's historic election, peppered with characters who are writers, artists, publishers, and at the center a couple who have been married for 25 years and continue to weather the storms that plague any long-term relationship, as well as all that is happening in the world. A great read from a seasoned writer.
Aug 30, 2016 rated it liked it
I kinda hated every character in this. Maybe I was supposed to?
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I have heard mainly sniffy things about this novel in reviews, but having read the first two novels featuring Russell, Corrine and the cast of Manhattan socialite / literary set, I thoroughly enjoyed this update, taking in the couple's life around the time of Obama's election and through the financial crash.

I'm not sure if this will be McInerney's last visit to the couple - this is his first novel in many years - but if he does feature them again, I hope against hope that any sex scenes he feat
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
McInerney Scores a Homerun for the Art+Love Team
The prose of Jay McInerney shines in Bright, Precious Days, a nostalgic look back at the mid-Aught highs and lows, hopes and hells, of the first century of the new millenium. Comedy and tragedy mingle and sparkle against the backdrop of a love story between the idealistic Calloways as they wade into the melancholic springwaters of middle-age, brave the muddywaters of a marriage marooned on the rocks. Particularly enjoyable was the look into the pit
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Time marches on, both for Jay McInerney, who is never going to escape the aura of 1984's Bright Lights, Big City, and for his characters, golden couple Russell and Corrine Calloway. They first appeared in his 1992 fourth novel, Brightness Falls, set against the the financial turmoil of the late 1980s, and returned in 2006's The Good Life, coping with the aftermath of 9/11. Now, McInerney picks up their story in Bright, Precious Days (Knopf, digital galley), chronicling the years 2006-2008, when ...more
Maya Lang
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
This novel is one big cliche. It is the equivalent of meeting a paunchy man with a comb-over on his third or fourth wife. In fact, any book that opens, as this one does, with an older married man getting hit on by a woman so young he isn't sure she can legally order alcohol should be categorized separately. This isn't fiction. It's wishful male fantasy. McInerney might as well have given us a mirror. (The young woman, by the way, is described as "voluptuous," with "pouty red lips," and who, at h ...more
Kasa Cotugno
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, loc-usa-nyc
Every ten years or so, Jay McInerney revisits Russell and Corrine Calloway who have served as prototypical upscale New Yorkers. In Brightness Falls (1997) they find their footing almost as pilgrims colonizing Tribeca in the aftermath of the '80s; in The Good Life (2007), their marriage faces challenges in the wake of 9/11. Each of these books are written at a distance of several years after the seminal event, giving the perspective which McInerney handles so well. Now it is 2007, but the book is ...more
Ron S
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
An examination of a marriage at mid-life, and NYC post 9/11 on the eve of the sub-prime mortgage crisis. Unexpectedly beautiful and resonant, although admittedly I'm surely influenced by my own personal circumstances more than I'd usually be reading fiction.
Jul 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
I never did find the plot. I have never known people who behaved like this. I hated the characters and their lifestyles. If I could give it no stars and write a review I would.

Gumble's Yard
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Third in the series of New York zeitgeist novels featuring Corrine and Russell Calloway, and the investment banking and literary set around them, living a live of excess while consumed at times by the shallowness of their lives and set against some form of external crisis – here the financial crash of 2008, albeit the role that plays here is less than the role of the 1987 crash in Brightness Falls and particularly that of September 11th in The Good Life.

Corrine and Russell are still together – C
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
per i primi capitoli è esasperante, non succede niente a parte un'interminabile sfilza di "name droppings".
poi, improvvisamente, non so neanche dire esattamente quando, diventa irresistibile e si va avanti a leggere fino a notte fonda per sapere che cosa succederà ai personaggi - non perché sprizzino simpatia, ma perché sono molto veri (almeno, a me lo sono parsi).
finisce in calando, ma rimane una buona lettura.
in più, se uno ha in programma un viaggio a New York può usarlo come guida, risparm
Mary Lins
May 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: complete
Jay McInerney's new novel, "Bright, Precious Days", is like “Sex and the City” only with married people rather than singletons. Russell and Corrine Calloway met in college (Brown), and as the novel opens, set in New York City in 2006, Russell is a book publisher and Corrine runs a non-profit food charity; they have eleven-year old twins. As the novel progresses it flashes back to the 1980s when the couple's college friend, Jeff, was living the "Bright Lights, Big City" life of sex, drugs and roc ...more
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I greatly enjoyed McInerney's latest installment in the lives of Russell and Corrine. These characters were first introduced to us in the great "Brightness Falls" to which I was led by "Bright Lights, Big City". These are great books informing us of the times in which the characters live, and how their relationship changes over time. I would draw a modest comparison to the "Rabbit" series by John Updike, more for the scope of the timeline than the content/language, but it's oddly refreshed to ge ...more
Mar 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Your usual McInerney.
Wouter Zwemmer
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literatuur, read-2017
Heerlijk boek over financiële en culturele elite, in frisse stijl, met geloofwaardige personages.

McInerney beschrijft het leven van 50-ers Corrine en Russell. Corrine is een intelligente hoog opgeleide vrouw van goede komaf die niet haar draai kon vinden in de financiële wereld en een stichting runt die voedsel distribueert aan de minder bedeelden in New York. Ze vindt dat haar werk voldoening geeft, maar worstelt ermee dat ze op haar leeftijd nog steeds financieel en qua behuizing leeft
Marcella Rossi
Ho voluto leggere La luce dei giorni, di Jay McInerney, uno degli autori americani del brat Pack letterario. Non dovevo fidarmi di uno amico di Brett Easton Ellis.
Ho odiato cordialmente il libro e i suoi protagonisti, e pensare che è anche scritto molto bene. Si ispira a F.S.Fitzgerald, i protagonisti della sua storia sono una coppia attorno alla quale ruotano molti personaggi. Lui è un ex aspirante scrittore, diventato piccolo editore indipendente e, come presto si scopre, pesante editor degli
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
We get it - New York is a special, unique city. Russell is literary and a foodie. His wife is one-dimensional (as are all the women in this book) and obsesses over a former lover she met the day after 9/11. Set in 2008, the economy is beginning to crater, Obama is a historic Presidential candidate, and everyone cheats on their spouses.

I just couldn't get into this, and the ending was trite. Skip!
Alan M
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Unbelievably uninteresting characters and story. Trying to be a social commentator on society of his times just does not work. Nothing works here. I wanted to check in and see what Jay was up to and this book made me realize, not a lot.
Roxanne Meek
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this story!! 4.5 stars !!
Joan Gelfand
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written and compelling narrative of the cesspool of New York egoists, drug addicts, artists and publishing.

A poignant and unexpected ending. To Mc Inerney's credit, I feel i really got to know a few interesting, complex characters.

Enjoyable, if not immensely inspiring.
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the story of a marriage and the many challenges it faces. The story takes place in New York City, mostly in 2007-2008, though we get glimpses of other times. One might think the author has a cynical view of marriage, particularly as an institution among the comparatively wealthy in Manhattan, given the many opportunities to stray. I don't think that's what the author thinks in the end, but the picture he paints is quite gray for much of the novel. Regardless, this is quite a good story, ...more
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 1/2 stars. Centered around characters in NYC during the bank crisis & Obama's 1st election. The story was interesting in a gritty kind of way, and the characters true to life, (though hopefully just reflecting a small percentage of us). In fact, if you're seeking an argument against marriage, this story is a good start.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a competent, readable novel about NYC denizens that are very difficult to care about much. Are we supposed to like these people?
Adriana Delgado
Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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Apr 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: literary, c21st
McInerney is one of my favorite authors, and Brightness Falls my favorite book from him, so I was delighted to find out another book featuring Russell and Corinne Calloway had come out. I'm happy to say his prose style remains top-notch, but the more I reflect on the novel, the more the shine wears off. At the end of the day what did this book accomplish?

It has been six years since the tragedy of 9/11 and the events of The Good Life; on the surface the Calloways still function as the perfect cou
Catherine at The Gilmore Guide to Books
Russell and Corrine Calloway move in all the right circles, but at the grand banquet that is New York society they’re seated at the children’s table. Yes, Russell owns his company, but it’s a publishing firm and while it has cachet it doesn’t have much cash. They live at an enviable address downtown, but in a cramped loft with one bathroom for four people. When Bright, Precious Days opens Russell is enjoying a bump in his literary success with a talented young author he’s just signed. It’s the h ...more
Jo Dervan
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Russell and Corinne Calloway were the ultimate NYC upper class WASP couple. They had met at Brown as undergrads and married soon after Russell completed his study at Oxford. Russell, the owner of a small publishing house and Corrine, the director of a non profit, were now the parents of twins, lived in a Soho loft and were very active on the NY social scene. However their lives began to change as they approached the 25th anniversary of their marriage.

In the aftermath of 9/11, Corinne had engaged
Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Bright Precious Days
Jay McInerney

I can not remember ever reading a book by this author...until this one. Bright Precious Days is set in NYC and revolves around Russell and Corrine. They live in a loft, Russell is a publisher while Corrine devotes herself to soup kitchens and charitable works. However they are being priced out of their loft and their lifestyle because of the economy and an awful decision Russell has made. What was once a comfortable way of living now is becoming slightly out of
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John Barrett McInerney Jr. is an American writer. His novels include Bright Lights, Big City, Ransom, Story of My Life, Brightness Falls, and The Last of the Savages. He edited The Penguin Book of New American Voices, wrote the screenplay for the 1988 film adaptation of Bright Lights, Big City, and co-wrote the screenplay for the television film Gia, which starred Angelina Jolie. He is the wine co ...more
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