The Good Life: A Novel by Jay McInerney
Reviewed by Sylvia Brownrigg
Times Literary Supplement
"Ambivalence typically grips Jay McInerney's characters: they have desires that shame them, or spouses who embarrass them, or tastes they can't afford. They know they should know better than to make the mistakes they make (having affairs, taking drugs, trying to take over a company). They can't believe they are settled down in apparently stable and happy marriages; or they can't believe that they aren't.
McInerney's first, era-defining novel, the fine and very funny Bright Lights, Big City (1984), begins with two sentences that tautly contain this conflict: "You are not the kind of guy who would be at a place like this at this time of the morning. But here you are." Read the entire Times Literary Supplement Review.