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3.00018682858477 out of 53.00018682858477 out of 53.00018682858477 out of 53.00018682858477 out of 53.00018682858477 out of 5 3.00 (10,705 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jay McInerney Narrator: Daniel Passer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Bright Lights, Big City is a brilliant and moving work—unique, refreshing, imaginatively powerful and authentically conceived. The New York Times
  • Each generation needs its Manhattan novel, and many ache to write it. But it was McInerney who succeeded. The New York Times Book Review 
  • Bright Lights, Big City defined, and even determined, the mood of this whole town. Vanity Fair
  • Short, sleek and very funny.... Beneath it's surface, though, a heart's cry for a saner, sweeter, more thoughtful and restrained existence. Chicago Tribune

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sophie | 11/2/2016

    " This book is exhilarating! The narrative, relayed in the unusual but very fitting 2nd person p.o.v, is witty, eloquent, racy and self aware. Really captures that 1980s cocaine, hedonism and decadent culture told through the eyes of the early 20's protagonist who is searching for his place in all of it. Fantastic descriptions and inventive language. I'd already read it a while back but listening to it was even better. The narrator was perfect for it and really added another dimension. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Maciek | 2/13/2014

    " I didn't think people wrote novels in second person, but this works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sabina | 2/4/2014

    " Read this one because its on the Time 100 Greatest Novels list. While the style was interesting in that it was all in second-person, very unusual for a novel, it was not the greatest book I have ever read. Certainly it wasn't the worst, but it would not have made my top 100. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ryan | 1/31/2014

    " Enjoyed this book a ton. The turn toward the end pulled the story together well and provided a deeper layer that was very insightful. "

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