C'était à Manhattan, dans les années 80. Corrine était courtière en Bourse. Russell, éditeur. Ils avaient trente ans et des poussières. Tout semblait parfait autour d'eux. Les amis, les soirées branchées et les fluctuations du Dow Jones. Ils pensaient rester éternellement jeunes, talentueux et intelligents.
Mais Corrine a voulu des enfants et Russell n'était pas prêt. Jeff est retombé dans la drogue, Trina Cox est arrivée. Soudain, plus rien ne s'est passé comme prévu.
Le 18 octobre 1987, les golden boys se jetaient du haut des immeubles, à Wall Street, en réaction au krach boursier. La comédie new-yorkaise se teintait de désenchantement, annonçant la fin des grandes espérances.
Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis ) par Jacqueline Huet et Jean-Pierre Carasso
Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Marc Amfreville. Pour Russell et Corrine Calloway, la vie est belle : lancements de livres et vernissages succèdent aux sorties dans la haute société new-yorkaise. Ils ont des métiers qu'ils adorent, une vie de famille parfaite, habitent à TriBeCa et passent leurs vacances dans les Hamptons. Mais derrière cette façade de rêve se cache une réalité de plus en plus rude : Russell peine à faire vivre sa maison d'édition indépendante. Alors qu'il se lance à corps perdu dans la publication d'un roman dont il veut faire un succès, Corrine, elle, retrouve Luke, l'homme avec qui elle avait eu une liaison au lendemain du 11-Septembre. Une fois de plus, leur couple est mis à rude épreuve... Les héros iconiques de Jay McInerney ont vieilli. Ils sont bien loin, la folle énergie des années 1990 et le cynisme des années 2000. Le New York des années Obama se réveille avec la gueule de bois et une bonne dose de nostalgie. Dans le plus "salterien " de ses romans, Jay McInerney dépeint l'époque avec férocité, légèreté et toujours autant d'humour.
Jay McInerney met son talent littéraire au service de son autre grande passion : le vin. Un recueil de chroniques oenologiques brillantes, spirituelles et drôles destiné à tous ceux qui veulent en savoir plus sur les vins et ceux qui les produisent.
Une jeune homme déambule dans le New York des années 1980, ce New York flamboyant qui semble ne vivre que la nuit. Il est vérificateur dans un journal prestigieux et son travail l'ennuie, l'amour de sa vie vient de le quitter. Dans le dédale de Manhattan, dans la chaleur des clubs, dans l'ivresse des drogues et des excès en tout genre, il cherche une issue qui ressemble à l'oubli.
In The Good Life, Jay McInerney unveils a story of love, family, conflicting desires, and catastrophic loss in his most powerfully searing work thus far.Clinging to a semiprecarious existence in TriBeCa, Corrine and Russell Calloway have survived a separation and are wonderstruck by young twins whose provenance is nothing less than miraculous. Several miles uptown and perched near the top of the Upper East Sideyes'>#8217;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. 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.Wise, surprising, and, ultimately, heartstoppingly redemptive, The Good Life captures lives that allow us to seeyes'>#8211;through personal, social, and moral complexityyes'>#8211;more clearly into the heart of things.From the Trade Paperback edition.
"A Great Gatsby for the end of the century."The Baltimore Sun "Swift and amusing. . . .yes'>#160;yes'>#160;An astute social observer of the cruelties of modern New York, [McInerney] is also capable of great tenderness." The Boston Globe Jay McInerney returns to the restless urban landscape of Manhattan and offers us a glimpse of a devotee of the city whose faith is severely tested.
Connor McKnight's ennui is fast turning into anxiety as he struggles to keep his life intact. He has temporarily shelved his Akira Kurosawa biography in pursuit of an interview with elusive young actor Chip Ralston to secure his job at CiaoBella! magazine. Connor's model girlfriend has left him, and his brilliant sister is wasting away in anorexic seclusion. Ridden with angst and heartache, Connor can't even turn to his best friend, a brooding fiction writer who has balanced his sanity on the publication of a new story collection and the return of his Irish terrier. He is left to seek refuge in a vodka bottle, and consolation from a beautiful stripper at an upscale topless club, only to find that nothing can protect him from the harrowing fate that unfolds before his bleary eyes.
Together with seven stories that "remind one of . . . Fitzgerald and Hemingway" (The New York Times Book Review), Model Behavior once again demonstrates McInerney's keen wit, deft portraiture, and lively skill with language.
"The careful observation of that downward spiral [is] brihtened by McInerney's facility with the bon mot and his fondness for skewering the pretensions of the nouveau hip." The Miami Herald "Very funny, and full of the rakish, oldfashioned literary elegance that McInerney always manages to mix into the slangy idioms of his characters." The New York Review of Books From the Trade Paperback edition.
In A Hedonist in the Cellar, Jay McInerney gathers more than five yearsyes'>#8217; worth of essays and continues his exploration of whatyes'>#8217;s new, whatyes'>#8217;s enduring, and whatyes'>#8217;s surprisingyes'>#8211;giving his palate a complete workout and the reader an indispensable, idiosyncratic guide to a world of almost infinite variety.yes'>#160;Filled with delights oenophiles everywhere will savor, this is a collection driven not only by wine itself but also the people who make it.yes'>#160;An entertaining, irresistible book that is essential for anyone enthralled by the myriad pleasures of wine.From the Trade Paperback edition.
This new collection by the acclaimed novelist--and, according to Salon, the best wine writer in America--is generous and far-reaching, deeply knowledgeable and often hilarious.
For more than a decade, Jay McInerneys vinous essays, now featured in The Wall Street Journal, have been praised by restaurateurs (Filled with small courses and surprising and exotic flavors, educational and delicious at the same time --Mario Batali), by esteemed critics (Brilliant, witty, comical, and often shamelessly candid and provocative --Robert M. Parker Jr.), and by the media (His wine judgments are sound, his anecdotes witty, and his literary references impeccable --The New York Times).
Here McInerney provides a master class in the almost infinite varieties of wine and the people and places that produce it all the world over, from the historic past to the often confusing present. From such legendary châteaus as Margaux and Latour and Palmer to Australia and New Zealand and South Africa, to new contenders in Santa Rita Hills and Paso Robles, we learn about terroir and biodynamic viticulture, what Champagnes are affordable (or decidedly not), even what to drink over thirty-seven courses at Ferran Adrià's El Bulli--in all, an array of grapes and wine styles that is comprehensive and thirst inducing. And conspicuous throughout is McInerneys trademark flair and expertise, which in 2006 prompted the James Beard Foundation to grant him the MFK Fisher Distinguished Writing Award.
From the writer whose first novel, Bright Lights, Big City, defined a generation, a collection of twenty-six stories, new and old, that trace the arc of his career for nearly three decades.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
From the bestselling author of Bright Lights, Big City and Brightness Falls comes a chronicle of a generation, as enacted by two men who represent all the passions and extremes of the class of 1969. Patrick Keane and Will Savage meet at prep school at the beginning of the explosive '60s. Over the next 30 years, they remain friends even as they pursue radically divergent destinies--and harbor secrets that defy rebellion and conformity.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
He bestselling Brightness Falls--now in trade paper from the author of Bright Lights, Big City. In the story of Russell and Corrine Calloway, set against the world of New York publishing, McInerney provides a stunningly accomplished portrayal of people contending with early success, then getting lost in the middle of their lives.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
One of America's best novelists Jay McInerney is also well-known for being a wine connoisseur. Since beginning to drink wine, in emulation of his literary and cultural heroes - which he admits were not only Hemingway and Fitzgerald but also the characters that they gave birth to - the writer's understanding of and fascination with wine has only grown.
The Juice gives an insight into a passion and pastime that McInerney believes should be accessible to everyone, from those popping down to the supermarket to those popping down to their wine cellars. Using his trademark flair and expertise, McInerney paints a collage of the almost infinite varieties of wine across the globe, extracting the best and the most affordable from the intimidating selection offered by the modern world.
His tour embraces a vast array of countries, moving from such legendary chateaux as Margaux and Latour in France and the revered Friuli and Piedmont regions of Northern Italy to new contenders in the Santa Rita Hills and Paso Robles in the US. Even whilst stretching as far as the vast lands of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, he never abandons the details, exploring the intimate history behind each bottle. With contagious curiosity, McInerney explores the huge world of viticulture, from terroir to biodynamics, and sets out to answer the big questions: whether French should mix with American; why rap stars no longer drink Cristal; why you shouldn't be intimidated by German wine labels; and whether it really is acceptable to drink Pinot Grigio.
Far-reaching, deeply knowledgeable and often hilarious, The Juice provides a masterclass in a wide range of grapes and wine styles, as well as the people and places taking such meticulous care over each and every glass. Stretching from the historic past to the often confusing present, McInerney captures the excitement that is felt by millions of people for the expansive world of wine.
In A Hedonist in the Cellar, Jay McInerney gathers more than five years' worth of essays and continues his exploration of what's new, what's enduring, and what's surprising-giving his palate a complete workout and the reader an indispensable, idiosyncratic guide to a world of almost infinite variety. Filled with delights oenophiles everywhere will savor, this is a collection driven not only by wine itself but also the people who make it.
An entertaining, irresistible book that is essential for anyone enthralled by the myriad pleasures of wine.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
In true McInerney style, this new collection of stories examines post 9/11 America in all its dark and morally complex glory. His characters include a young woman holed up in a remote cabin while her (married) boyfriend campaigns for the highest of all offices, a couple whose sexual experiments cross every line imaginable, a young socialite called home to nurse her mother and an older one scheming for her next husband. From the streets of downtown New York during the 2003 anti-war march and the lavish hotel rooms of the wealthy social elite, to a husband and wife who share a marital bed with a pot-bellied pig, the people in these stories search for meaning while struggling against each other, colliding as the old world around them fractures and dissolves into a modern era full of new uncertainties, where ghosts of loss hang in the air. McInerney's writing has crackling humour and a feverish, clear-sighted brilliance that perfectly underpins the lives of people living in modern America. These stories are deftly constructed, subtle, insightful and heartbreaking. Steeped in history but yet alive in the present - this new collection is a companion to the sweet madness of life
You are at a nightclub talking to a girl with a shaved head. The club is either Heartbreak or the Lizard Lounge. All might become clear if you could just slip into the bathroom and do a little more Bolivian Marching Powder. Then again, it might not... So begins our nameless hero's trawl through the brightly lit streets of Manhattan, sampling all this wonderland has to offer yet suspecting that tomorrow's hangover may be caused by more than simple excess. Bright Lights, Big City is an acclaimed classic which marked Jay McInerney as one of the major writers of our time.
Ten years on from Brightness Falls, Russell Calloway is still a literary editor although in a diminished capacity; his wife, Corrine, has sacrificed her career to watch anxiously over their children. Across town Luke McGavock, a wealthy ex-investment banker, is taking a sabbatical from making money, struggling to reconnect with his socially resplendent wife, Sasha, and their angst-ridden teenage daughter, Ashley. These two Manhattan families are teetering on the brink of change when 9/11 happens. The Good Life explores through the lens of catastrophe that territory between hope and despair, love and loss, regret and fulfilment. But ultimately this is Jay McInerney doing what he does best, presenting us with the life of New York City in all its moral complexity.
A Vintage Shorts Short Story Month Selection That summer in New York, everyone was wearing yellow ties; the stock market was coming into a long bull run; and Corrine and Russell Calloway quit smoking.
From the writer whose Bright Lights, Big City defined a generation and the city of New York: the taut, darkly funny, alternately sultry and wistful story of the Calloway clan, who also appear in The Good Life and Brightness Falls. A selection from How It Ended, a career-spanning collection of McInerneys short fiction, which show him to be a master of the genre, brim[ming] with all the attendant guilt and thrills and self-defeating impulses of an extramarital tryst . . . Brilliant (The Boston Globe).
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When staid Patrick Keane meets his roommate at a New England boarding-school, a strange, enduring friendship of extremes is forged. For Will Savage, privileged white son of the Mississippi Delta, has embraced black soul music and adopted its raw, searing anthems as his own. Spanning three decades from the turbulent sixties to the nineties, The Last of the Savages is a profound exploration of interracial love, music, family, honour and friendship.
Even decades after their arrival, Corrine and Russell Calloway still feel as if they’re living the dream that drew them to New York City in the first place: book parties or art openings one night and high-society events the next; jobs they care about (and in fact love); twin children whose birth was truly miraculous; a loft in TriBeCa and summers in the Hamptons. But all of this comes at a fiendish cost. Russell, an independent publisher, has superb cultural credentials yet minimal cash flow; as he navigates a business that requires, beyond astute literary judgment, constant financial improvisation, he encounters an audacious, potentially game-changing--or ruinous--opportunity. Meanwhile, instead of chasing personal gain in this incredibly wealthy city, Corrine devotes herself to helping feed its hungry poor, and she and her husband soon discover they’re being priced out of the newly fashionable neighborhood they’ve called home for most of their adult lives, with their son and daughter caught in the balance. Then Corrine’s world is turned upside down when the man with whom she’d had an ill-fated affair in the wake of 9/11 suddenly reappears. As the novel unfolds across a period of stupendous change--including Obama’s historic election and the global economic collapse he inherited--the Calloways will find themselves and their marriage tested more severely than they ever could have imagined. From the Hardcover edition.
Russell and Corrine Calloway have spent half their lives in the bright lights of New York. Theirs is the generation that flew too close to the sun on wings of cocaine - and whose lives changed irrevocably when planes crashed into the Twin Towers. Now, in 2008, Russell runs his own publishing house and Corrine manages a food redistribution programme. He clings to their loft and the illusion of downtown bohemia, while she longs to have more space for their twelve-year-old twins. Although they try to forget each other's past indiscretions, when Jeff Pierce's posthumous, autobiographical novel garners a new cult following, the memory of their friend begins to haunt the couple, and their marriage feels increasingly unstable. Not helped by the reappearance of Corrine's former lover, Luke McGavock, whose ardour seems no cooler despite having a beautiful new wife in tow. Acutely observed and brilliantly told, Bright, Precious Days dissects the moral complexities of relationships, while painting a portrait of New York as Obama and Clinton battle for leadership and the collapse of Lehman Brothers looms. A moving, deeply humane novel about the mistakes we make, persistence in struggle and love's ability to adapt and survive, it confirms McInerney as a great chronicler of our times.