Story of My Life

Story of My Life

Jay McInerney

Language: English

Pages: 208

ISBN: 0802144586

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Originally published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 1988, and now reissued by Grove Press, The Story of My Life by Jay McInerney is a hilarious, sobering portrait of 1980s New York City featuring twenty-something actress Alison Poole and her coterie of club-hopping, coke-addicted friends. In this breathlessly paced novel, McInerney revisits the nocturnal New York of Bright Lights, Big City. Alison Poole is a budding actress already fatally well versed in hopping the clubs, shopping Chanel, falling in and out of lust, and abusing other people’s credit cards. As Alison races toward emotional breakdown, McInerney gives us a funny yet oddly touching portrait of a postmodern Holly Golightly coming to terms with a world in which everything is permitted and nothing really matters.

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Valentino in bed. I think it would be good for her, and anyway, this marriage idea is kind of bogus. . . . So Dean and I are in this frantic place on Second Avenue packed with well-groomed gringos getting sloppy on margaritas. Popular place, I go. Dean says, these people are all bankers trying to improve the balance of payments with Mexico and prevent default. That’s the only way I can think of, he goes, to explain the popularity of Third World food on the Upper East Side. Most of them look

about Francesca, which is too complicated and boring to explain, but Didi says no, it wasn’t her, and Francesca says she’s glad, and then Didi looks at me and I’m like, uh-oh, I can see trouble coming here, and she goes, Alison, on a scale of one to ten, how would you rate Skip Pendleton in bed? Didi is such a bitch sometimes. She really knows how to cause trouble, which is probably the whole point of this game, to hit where it hurts, but I know Dean is pretty sensitive about the whole Skip

part or all of the work for classroom use, or anthology, should send inquiries to Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 or permissions@groveatlantic.com. Story of My Life is based on a story that appeared in Esquire. An excerpt from the novel was published in the premiere issue of Smart magazine. Printed in the United States of America Published simultaneously in Canada Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication data: McInerney, Jay Story of my life : a novel/by Jay

thinking, friends! You don’t know who your friends are, Dean. Sometimes I don’t know what I see in him, really I don’t. Who else is holding drugs? Didi screams. Doesn’t anybody but me buy drugs anymore? I know you all still do drugs, you cheap, sleazy bastards. I’m going to be so happy when I quit and you’re all still addicted but you won’t have me to supply you with free toot. The magazines say cocaine isn’t fashionable but they really mean you fashionable fucks don’t buy it anymore, you wait

as long as I need to find a new place, but Francesca told me I could move in with her and I guess a change is as good as a rest. A few days ago some friend of Rebecca’s called up, he said he was a jewelry dealer and that he wanted to buy the pearls, so I’m going to take them over tomorrow, I don’t know what else to do. My father says he’s broke. Which is total bulishit but what can I do? Can you sue your father for nonsupport? He sent me a check for five hundred dollars—like wow, thanks Dad—but

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