Jay McInerney Biography
Jay McInerney is an American novelist. His novels include Bright Lights, Big City, Ransom, Story of My Life, Brightness Falls, and The Last of the Savages. In 1988 he wrote the screenplay the adaptation of Bright Lights, Big City, and co-wrote the screenplay for television film Gia, which starred Angelina Jolie.
Jay was the wine columnist for House & Garden magazine. His essays on wine have been collected in Bacchus & Me in 2000 and A Hedonist in the Cellar (2006). His most recent novel Bright, Precious Days, published in 2016. He was wine columnist for The Wall Street Journal from April 2010. He published a book of short stories which spanned his entire career, titled How It Ended, which was named one of the 10 best books of the year by Janet Maslin of The New York Times in 2009.
Jay McInerney Age
He was born John Barrett “Jay” McInerney, Jr. on January 13, 1955, in Hartford, Connecticut.
Jay McInerney Wife(s)
He has been married four times. Jay married his first wife Linda Rossiter in 1980 and later dissolved their marriage in 1981. He then married his second wife Merry Reymond in 1983 and divorced in 1991. Thereafter, he married Maria Hanson in 1992 and their marriage lasted for 9 years ending in 2001. In 2006, he married Anne Hearst.
Jay McInerney Kids
He has two children a daughter Maisie Bransford McInerney and her fraternal twin John Barret McInerney.
Background and education
McInerney was born to Marilyn Jean (Murphy) and John Barrett McInerney, Jr., a corporate executive. In 1976 he graduated from Williams College. He studied writing with Raymond Carver at Syracuse University.
Jay McInerney Career
He worked as a fact-checker at The New Yorker. After working at The New Yorker, he achieved fame with his first published novel, Bright Lights, Big City. The novel was published in 1984 and was unique at the time for its depiction of cocaine culture in the second-person narrative. Its title was taken from a 1961 blues song by Jimmy Reed.
The novel established his reputation as part of a new generation of writers. In a 1987 article that was labeled the ‘literary brat pack’ in the Village Voice, McInerney, Bret Easton Ellis, and Tama Janowitz were presented as the new face of literature: young, iconoclastic and fresh.
Five novels followed in rapid succession: Ransom, Story of My Life, Brightness Falls, The Last of the Savages and Model Behavior. Publishers started looking for similar works about young people in urban settings, after the success of Bright Lights, Big City. Ellis’s Less Than Zero, published in 1985, was promoted as following McInerney’s example.
In his novels American Psycho and Glamorama, Ellis used Jay’s character, Alison Poole. McInerney revealed that the character of Alison Poole is based upon his former girlfriend, Rielle Hunter, then known as Lisa Druck.
In Ellis’s Lunar Park, he also has a cameo role attending the Halloween party Bret hosts at his house. It was later revealed that McInerney was not pleased with his representation in the novel.
Throughout his career, McInerney has struggled against the strong, almost indelible, image of himself as both the author and protagonist of Bright Lights, Big City. At Williams College, he appeared as the Commencement speaker for the Class of 2010.
Jay McInerney Novels
- Bright Lights, Big City (1984)
- Ransom (1985)
- Story of My Life (1988)
- The Last of the Savages (1997)
- Model Behavior (1998)
The Calloway trilogy
- Bright, Precious Days (2016)
- The Good Life (2006)
- Brightness Falls (1992)
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