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Brightness Falls (Vintage Contemporaries) by Jay McInerney

By Jay McInerney

Combining the lyrical remark of F. Scott Fitzgerald with the laser-bright social satire of Evelyn Waugh, Jay McInerney provides us a unique that's stunningly finished and profoundly affecting. 

As he maps the fault strains spreading during the once-impenetrable marriage of Russell and Corrine Calloway and chronicles Russell's wildly bold scheme to grab regulate of the publishing residence at which he works, Jay McInerney creates an elegy for brand new York within the Nineteen Eighties. From the literary chimeras and company raiders to these dispossessed via the pandemonium of cash and gear, Brightness Falls captures a rash period at its second of reckoning and offers fact again to a time that now turns out decidedly unreal.

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One night, standing at the doorway of his parents' bedroom, when his father was on a months-long business trip, crying while shouting at his mother, who was supine in bed, in the dark, Paul heard her softly and steadily crying, with her blanket up to her chin in a way that seemed childlike. Paul stopped shouting and stood sobbing quietly, dimly aware, as his face twitched and trembled, that he felt intensely embarrassed of himself from the perspective of any person, except his mother, he had ever met.

His second grade teacher recommended he be tested for the "gifted" program and he was admitted and began going every Friday to "gifted," in which most of the twenty-five. to thirty students, having begun in first grade, were already friends. Paul felt alone on Fridays, but not lonely or uncomfortable or anxious, only that he was in a new and challenging situation without assistance or consequence 37 Tao Lin for failure-a feeling not unlike playing a difficult Nintendo game alone, with no instruction manual.

They agreed to leave, but continued talking for around forty-five minutes, inviting each other to parties that weekend. " Laura said they could go to both parties-which seemed immediately obvious-and asked if Paul wanted to go to, K&M, where her friend was DJ-ing. Paul said he did, then went to the bathroom·, thinking that for matters involving social interaction he shouldn't trust himself, at this time, because certain words-"night," "party," "weekend"-had apparently changed, for him, probably due to his extended period of being mostly alone.

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