McInerney returns to the setting of his first novel, the phenomenal Bright Lights, Big City, to tell a young girl's story of a society consuming itself in reckless affluence.
-- the New York Times Book Review
"[McInerney's] talent for capturing the nuances and idiosyncrasies of our culture[ in Bright Lights, Big City] is even more powerful evident in Story of My Life... Underneath Alison's hip, party-girl exterior and flippant vernacular is McInerney's disturbing depiction or a young woman caught in the traumatic reality of her times." -- San Francisco Chronicle
McInerney's Story of My Life is quite as brilliant as Bright Lights, Big City and a lot funnier."
-- the Sunday Times (london) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
I thought "Bright Lights, Big City" was just average, but I thought McInerney's "Brightness Falls" was just AWFUL. If you're interested in reading McInerney's work, start with "Story of My Life."
Irrespective, I did enjoy the book visualizing the single life in New York in the 80s. Read this book if you want to know what the party scene in New York is like for a spoiled self-absorbed princess. If not, take a pass.
Read Bret Easton Ellis's "Glamorama"