Jay McInerney’s third book in the series chronicling the lives of Russell and Corrine Calloway, first through Brightness Falls and then in The Good Life, boasts a “really good” scorecard as US reviews go. Released in August, Bright, Precious Days brings a sense that he’s done something else in his career, McInerney says. “It seems like I’ve finally been forgiven on my own shores for the success of my first novel, which was pretty outsized. In the past, reviewers have felt the need to weigh in on Bright Lights, Big City. Whether they think it was a masterpiece that I’ve never lived up to or that it was overrated, it’s an iconic novel that I happen to have written that’s followed me around.” It earned him kudos as “the writer who defined a generation” and gained him a place among the 1980s group of novelists who wrote best sellers before they were 30, including Bret Easton Ellis, Tama Janowitz, Donna Tartt and Jill Eisenstadt. Some see Bright, Precious Days as the completion of a tril...

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