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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,461 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jay McInerney Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Clinging to a semiprecarious existence in TriBeCa, Corrine and Russell Calloway have survived a separation and are thoroughly wonderstruck by young twins whose provenance is nothing less than miraculous, even as they contend with the faded promise of a marriage tinged with suspicion and deceit. Meanwhile, several miles uptown and perched near the top of the Upper East Side’s social register, Luke McGavock has postponed his accumulation of wealth in an attempt to recover the sense of purpose now lacking in a life that often gives him pause—especially with regard to his teenage daughter, whose wanton extravagance bears a horrifying resemblance to her mother’s. But on a September morning, brightness falls horribly from the sky, and people worlds apart suddenly find themselves working side by side at the devastated site, feeling lost anywhere else, yet battered still by memory and regret, by fresh disappointment and unimaginable shock. What happens, or should happen, when life stops us in our tracks, or our own choices do? What if both secrets and secret needs, long guarded steadfastly, are finally revealed? What is the good life?

Posed with astonishing understanding and compassion, these questions power a novel rich with characters and events, both comic and harrowing, revelatory about not only New York after the attacks but also the toll taken on those lucky enough to have survived them. Wise, surprising, and, ultimately, heart-stoppingly redemptive, The Good Life captures lives that allow us to see through personal, social, and moral complexity—more clearly into the heart of things.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “McInerney has proven himself not only a brilliant stylist but a master of characterization, with a keen eye for the incongruities of urban life.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “McInerney probes the human response to tragedy, and the complexity of human desire, with both precision and empathy. He is a master at finding the truths we barely admit even to ourselves; without moralizing, he explores the ways we use disaster to our own emotional ends, and above all, whether we're really capable of change.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This story is a simple one, but McInerney delivers it with grace and wit. He does what a good novelist should: he takes an abstract idea and gives it life.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Liz | 2/8/2014

    " Rich Manhattanites spend the months after 9/11 in a tumultuous, ill-fated romantic drama. Replete with teenage drug addiction redeemed by horses, various -onack Hamptons towns, celebrity sprinklings. There is an overarching message that love is fickle and there are two types of men: "those who cheat and those who feel guilty about it." Did I mention I'm happy not to live in NYC? Still, a much better read than my last go-round with pukey "South of Broad." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Valerie | 2/2/2014

    " A pretty good read and the author has a nice way with words. The ending was disappointing: after all that the characters had been through, against the backdrop of 9/11, they chose not to take a chance on new lives, except for the 14-year-old daughter who chose to live with her grandmother in rural Tennessee. The others chose to remain in unhappy and unloving marriages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by megan | 1/30/2014

    " Like being at a dinner party with a bunch of suckasses who have never quite made it clear why they get to be so much better than you. Enough with the name-dropping. Enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nilanjona | 1/30/2014

    " The life of New Yorkers after 9/11. Family life, high society parties, children entering the dangerous teen years, and extramarital affairs, all while dealing with America's tragedy. "

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