Bright Lights, Big City Book Summary and Study Guide

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A young writer (never named, but presumably called Jay after the writer) copes with life in new York at a prestigious magazine and a vibrant nightlife.
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According to the rather skewed timeline of this novel, the main character has just broken up with his wife, who is in Europe somewhere modeling for something and someone.

And as if this wasn't enough to handle, a few months earlier than that his mother died. So what does our poor protagonist do? Go on a campaign of late night parties, cocaine, and early morning headaches with his shallow buddy Ted, who is determined to have more fun than anybody else in New York.
The review of this Book prepared by Nico Self

A week in the degenerating life of an early 80's Manhattan yuppie who can't face the facts--being abandoned by his model wife and the death of his mother. The main character fills the empty holes holes with booze and cocaine. Written in the second person, this novel is clever,hillarious, and touching.
The review of this Book prepared by Brendan Xavier Darcy

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Life of a profession:    -   writer Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Coping with loss of loved one(s)    -   Yes Loss of...    -   mother Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Drinking/Drugs problems?    -   drugs

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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