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Writers in New York
New York
Décembre 2009

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lethemJonathan Lethem was born in New York and attended Bennington College. He is the author of the novels ‘Gun, with Occasional Music’, ‘Amnesia Moon’, ‘As She Climbed Across the Table’, ‘Girl in Landscape’ and ‘Motherless Brooklyn’, as well as a collection of stories, ‘The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye’. Lethem was described by Newsweek as one of its ’100 People for the New Century’. Jonathan Lethem currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

lethem1Motherless Brooklyn
Faber and Faber
The hero of this novel is one Lionel Essrog, otherwise known as the Human Freakshow. Essrog is a victim of Tourette’s Syndrome ; hapless and veering out of control, he fights himself and his disease.
What might have been exploitative—the portrayal of Lionel and his compulsions—is attractive, affirming and compassionate. The sense of Brooklyn as a city full of borderlines between communities, the legal and the illegal, life and death, is overwhelming.


mcinerneyJay McInerney was born in Hartford, CT and currently resides in NY.McInerney had a strong start with his highly successful debut novel, Bright Lights, Big City in 1984. He has followed this with 6 more novels, the most recent of which is The Good Life (2006).McInerney is included in a group of witers who emerged in the 1980’s known as the Brat Pack.

mcinerney1The Good life
Russell Calloway is still a literary editor although in a diminished capacity ; his wife, Corrine, has sacrificed her career to watch anxiously over their children. Across town Luke McGavock, a wealthy ex-investment banker, is taking a sabbatical from making money, struggling to reconnect with his socially resplendent wife, Sasha, and their angst-ridden teenage daughter, Ashley. These two Manhattan families are teetering on the brink of change when 9/11 happens. The "Good Life" explores through the lens of catastrophe that territory between hope and despair, love and loss, regret and fulfilment. But, ultimately, this is Jay McInerney doing what he does best, presenting us with the life of New York City in all its moral complexity.

Also available : Bright lights, big city, Brightness falls, The last bachelor.

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