How It Ended

Jay McInerney, Author . Knopf $25.95 (331p) ISBN 978-0-307-26805-1

These 26 stories—some new, some previously published—go back as many years and take readers to a time when the stock market was bullish and a young writer made his name with an ingeniously packaged first novel that perfectly captured a brief moment in time. In this collection, we become reacquainted with the nameless night-crawling narrator of Bright Lights, Big City ; with Alison Poole, the party girl of Story of My Life (and who McInerney has said was based on John Edwards’s former mistress Rielle Hunter); and Collin McNab, a would-be screenwriter who enjoys a tortuous relationship with his model girlfriend. We also meet new characters, among them a novice screenwriter who learns to play the Hollywood game a little too well, a woman who contemplates sleeping with an old flame on the eve of his wedding, and, in the title story, a drug dealer whose good luck streak repulses the lawyer to whom he confides his tale. While nobody can channel urban strivers and their shallow pursuits as well as McInerney, after a while, the stories all tend to blur together with a depressing predictability. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 01/26/2009
Release date: 04/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
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