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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jay McInerney Narrator: Edoardo Ballerini Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9780735206014
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Combining the lyrical observation of F. Scott Fitzgerald with the laser-bright social satire of Evelyn Waugh, Jay McInerney gives us a novel that is stunningly accomplished and profoundly affecting.

As he maps the fault lines spreading through the once-impenetrable marriage of Russell and Corrine Calloway and chronicles Russell’s wildly ambitious scheme to seize control of the publishing house at which he works, Jay McInerney creates an elegy for New York in the 1980s.

From the literary chimeras and corporate raiders to those dispossessed by the pandemonium of money and power, Brightness Falls captures a rash era at its moment of reckoning and gives reality back to a time that now seems decidedly unreal.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Quick and compelling…a rich, detailed panorama of New York City life.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The story of a disintegrating marriage set in New York in the frenzied few months leading up to the Wall Street crash of 1987. A sort of Bonfire of the Vanities with the added advantage of believable, likeable characters.”

    Independent on Sunday (London)

  • “An unironic post-mortem on the era of leveraged buyouts and consumer excess.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “McInerney wryly examines the dilemma of people in their 30s who came of age with sex, drugs, and rock and roll and must now come to grips with adult responsibilities. Replete with ironic insight, wit, and style, this is highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “A well-plotted generational portrait of a cadre of once-sweet, young, driven friends in Manhattan whose hopes and chances of success seem to be fading as the ’80s totter to a close…deftly done.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Edoardo Ballerini depicts Calloway with a shade of swagger and self-centeredness as the publishing editor ruthlessly arranges a takeover bid of his own employer. Ballerini’s portrayal of Corrine is fairly straightforward, while still capturing her despair over a miscarriage and her steely anger over her discovery of Russell’s affair with his beautiful investment banker. The narrative is sprinkled with graceful turns of phrase amid the wild ride of sex, drugs, and power. Ballerini’s timing allows the listener to savor all of them.”


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About the Author
Author Jay McInerney

Jay McInerney is the author of seven novels and two collections of essays on wine. He is a regular contributor to New York magazine, Guardian Weekly (London), and Corriere della Sera.

About the Narrator

Edoardo Ballerini, an American writer, director, film producer, and actor, has won many awards for his audiobook narration. Within only a few years after beginning his narrating career, he won several AudioFile Earphones Awards for his work and has since won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration. He has narrated two hundred audiobooks, from classics to modern masters, from bestsellers to the inspirational, from Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners to spine-tingling series, and much more. In television and film, he is best known for his roles in The Sopranos, 24, I Shot Andy Warhol, Dinner Rush and Romeo Must Die. He is also trained in theater and continues to do much work on stage.