Bright, Precious Days (Hardcover)

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Russell and Corrine Calloway now find Brightness Falls (1992) and The Good Life (2006) in their rear view mirror as they teeter on the shifty precipice bridging youth and not-readyto-be old age. Russell is an independent publisher of considerable literary but meager financial stature; Corrine manages the food bank, trying to do good in the world while they both bring up the twins. A man from Corrine’s circa 9/11 past reappears, and, once again, Jay McInerney defines a Manhattan generation. Please join us to welcome back to Square Books the “scabrously scintillating stylist” (The Guardian) and our friend.

— From 2016 releases


From the best-selling author of Bright Lights, Big City: a sexy, vibrant, cross-generational New York story--a literary and commercial triumph of the highest order.

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.

About the Author

Jay McInerney is the author of seven previous novels, a collection of short stories and three collections of essays on wine. He lives in New York City and Bridgehampton, New York.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781101948002
ISBN-10: 1101948000
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2016
Pages: 416
Language: English