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Jay McInerney

Bestselling author of the Gen X classic Bright Lights, Big City and a passionate oenophile

  • About Jay McInerney

    Jay McInerney’s status as a bestselling novelist is established, but fans of his novels may not be aware of his long-term interest in wine. McInerney expresses his love of wine as a frequent contributor to the glossy pages of House & Garden magazine. His accounts of visits to vineyards and the wines he has imbibed are witty and enthusiastic in equal measure, but he is by no means a traditional wine critic. McInerney brings a relaxed attitude to wine and has led many wine tastings and lectured to groups of both wine connoisseurs and casual drinkers. His musings on wine have been collected inBacchus & Me: Adventures in the Wine CellarHedonist in the Cellar, and his latest, The Juice. These columns are a happy combination of his twin passions for writing and for wine and give great advice too!

    For those not as familiar with Jay McInerney’s novels, he is the author of Bright Lights, Big City (which he adapted for the screen), RansomStory of My LifeBrightness FallsThe Last of the SavagesModel Behavior, and The Good Life, which was described by Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times as “A real love story . . . with a sympathy and depth new to McInerney’s fiction. . . . [In] The Good Life, the boom years have come to a dead halt with 9/11, an event that rocks even his most jaded hedonists and propels his two central characters into a re-examination of their marriages, their careers and their dreams.” The sequel, Bright, Precious Days was published in August 2016.

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  • Praise for Jay McInerney

    Praise for Bright, Precious Days

    Our modern-day Fitzgerald.

    Vanity Fair

    McInerney’s real subject is happiness, and whether it can survive the batterings of our restlessness and ambition. . . . He is mature and humane [and] sensitive to arcs, both in characters and relationships. . . . Nobody has a more exquisite appreciation than McInerney of the morbid, hypervigilant sensitivity we tend to harbor about our place in the world.

    The New Yorker

    Irresistible. . . with an engaging cast of characters acutely aware of how quickly their time is passing. Reading it is a guilty pleasure.

    The San Francisco Chronicle

    McInerney observes the passage of life’s seasons with aching and indelible clarity.

    Booklist

    Praise for The Juice

    It is a pleasure to see the wine world through a novelist’s playful eyes, and to feel the infectious joy he finds in great wines, places and personalities from around the world.

    Eric Asimov, The New York Times

    As bracing as high-acid Riesling . . . McInerney the novelist, with his eye for detail and smart aleck wit, is never far from the page, [and] he's able to get inside each destination and suss out what makes it interesting.

    The Washington Post Book World

    Praise for Bright Lights, Big City

    Bright Lights, Big City is a brilliant and moving work—unique, refreshing, imaginatively powerful and authentically conceived.

    The New York Times

    Bright Lights, Big City defined, and even determined, the mood of this whole town.

    Vanity Fair

    Each generation needs its Manhattan novel, and many ache to write it. But it was McInerney who succeeded.

    The New York Times Book Review
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