Bright, Precious Days

  • by Jay McInerney
  • Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
  • 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Even decades after their arrival, Corrine and Russell Calloway still feel as if they're living the dream that drew them to New York City in the first place: book parties or art openings one night and high-society events the next; jobs they care about (and in fact love); twin children whose birth was truly miraculous; a loft in TriBeCa and summers in the Hamptons. But all of this comes at a fiendish cost.
Russell, an independent publisher, has superb cultural credentials yet minimal cash flow; as he navigates a business that requires, beyond astute literary judgment, constant financial improvisation, he encounters an audacious, potentially game-changing - or ruinous - opportunity. Meanwhile, instead of chasing personal gain in this incredibly wealthy city, Corrine devotes herself to helping feed its hungry poor, and she and her husband soon discover they're being priced out of the newly fashionable neighborhood they've called home for most of their adult lives, with their son and daughter caught in the balance.
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 imagined.


What the Critics Say

"McInerney is best at reflecting the lives of the beautiful people of Manhattan. [Narrator Edoardo] Ballerini matches the tone of these sketches with a sharply honed delivery." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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It's worth the read but…

Being from the New York metropolitan area and about the same age as the main characters in the book I did enjoy certain aspects of it. The descriptions of various things significant to that era and descriptions of places that I know were all fun for me to read. The story has its good moments but in the end it was predictable. Well written , and I really like his style. This is the first of his books that I have read. It was definitely entertaining but a little bit fluffy.
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- frances haertling

For the fortunate few

For the fortunate few in very long marriages- for certainly fortunate plays a part- for those of us so accompanied in life this wondrous book will ring like autobiography. No, not in specifics, for how could it? But in tone and theme, in the events of a life together, here is sympatico.

And for those of you, younger, perhaps impetuous, impatient, here's a tale to help you stay the course as you sail into a land, into the far country, into a place peopled by couples only.

As to Mr. Ballerini, who I met following the travails of a young "problem solver" in colonial America- phrasing and tone in this book is precisely, exactly correct; I'd expect no less.

I swallowed this book whole, all the while reminded of countless friends in similarly long marriages, impatiently listing them as recipients of a lovely and timeless experience this book brings.
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- Suzie Muchnick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-02-2016
  • Publisher: Random House Audio