DARIEN, Conn. -- The Darien Library will welcome Jay McInerney, author of "Bright, Precious Days," on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m.
McInerney’s talk will include a wine and cheese reception and copies of his new book will be available for purchase.
"Bright, Precious Day" is the story of Russell and Corrine Calloway. They seem to be living the New York dream: book parties one night and high-society charity events the next; jobs they care about, and actually enjoy; twin children, a boy and a girl whose birth was truly miraculous; a loft in TriBeCa and summers in the Hamptons. But all of this comes at a high cost.
Russell, an independent publisher, has cultural clout but minimal cash; as he navigates an industry that requires, beyond astute literary taste, constant financial improvisation, he encounters an audacious, expensive and potentially ruinous opportunity. Meanwhile, instead of seeking personal profit in this incredibly wealthy city, Corrine is devoted to feeding its hungry poor, and they soon discover they're being priced out of their now fashionable neighborhood.
Then Corrine's world is turned upside down when the man with whom she'd had an ill-fated affair in the wake of 9/11 suddenly reappears. As the novel unfolds across a period of stupendous change-- including Obama's historic election and the global economic collapse he inherited-- the Calloways will find themselves and their marriage tested more severely than they ever could have anticipated.
McInerney is the author of seven previous novels, a collection of short stories, and three collections of essays on wine. He lives in New York City and Bridgehampton.
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