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By Jay McInerney

Originally released by way of Atlantic per 30 days Press in 1988, and now reissued by way of Grove Press, The tale of My Life via Jay McInerney is a hilarious, sobering portrait of Nineteen Eighties big apple urban that includes twenty-something actress Alison Poole and her coterie of club-hopping, coke-addicted associates. during this breathlessly paced novel, McInerney revisits the nocturnal manhattan of Bright lighting, huge City. Alison Poole is a budding actress already fatally good versed in hopping the golf equipment, procuring Chanel, falling out and in of lust, and abusing different people’s charge cards. As Alison races towards emotional breakdown, McInerney offers us a humorous but oddly touching portrait of a postmodern Holly Golightly coming to phrases with a global within which every thing is allowed and not anything relatively matters.

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