Books From A to Z – The Good Life

In The Good Life, Jay McInerney unveils a story of love, family, conflicting desires, and catastrophic loss in his most powerfully searing work thus far. Clinging to a semi-precarious existence in TriBeCa, Corrine and Russell Calloway have survived a separation and are wonder struck by young twins whose provenance is nothing less than miraculous.

Several miles uptown and perched near the top of the Upper East Side’s social register, Luke McGavock has postponed his accumulation of wealth in an attempt to recover the sense of purpose now lacking in a life that often gives him pause. But on a September morning, brightness falls horribly from the sky, and people worlds apart suddenly find themselves working side by side at the devastated site. Wise, surprising, and, ultimately, heart-stoppingly redemptive, The Good Life captures lives that allow us to see–through personal, social, and moral complexity–more clearly into the heart of things. (via Google Books)

My views: The events of 9/11 and their impact on the residents of New York are brought out in a very real way by Jay McInerney. As Corinne’s whole belief system is shaken up by these events, she seeks to find the meaning of what life is and truly defines a ‘good life’. As her values undergo a change, she finds herself drawn to Luke. McInerney explores the ‘shallowness’ of a New York life style of ‘having it all’ and how empty that can seem when faced with such an event as 9/11. He also looks at the importance of love in the definition of a ‘good life’.



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10 Replies to “Books From A to Z – The Good Life”

  1. That’s a nice cover, Corinne. Large Catastrophes – initiated by man or Nature – have a way of making us think and introspect – and our priorities experience a significant shift. Sounds like a good book!

  2. This sounds like an interesting book. My friend’s relative was in WTC on 9/11, but luckily survived. My friend has described the trauma his relative suffered in the aftermath, and the long recovery process. Just listening to all this is quite disturbing.

  3. Sounds like my kind of book exploring human relationships and self introspection with the drama of world event in the backdrop. Will pick it up soon!

  4. You know, there is a series on Nat Geo- Seconds to disaster- which captures the last moments before a calamity in re-created mode. 9/11 is one incident which will always stay with those of us who saw it, live or on television. I remember watching when the second plane hit! That image is imprinted in my mind. The book does sound good. Worth exploring some time.

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