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Model Behavior: A Novel and 7 Stories

McInerney, Jay

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ISBN 10: 0679428461 / ISBN 13: 9780679428466
Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1998
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Second printing before publication. Inscribed, signed, and dated by the author on the title page: "For Kim / Ciao Bella! / Jay McInerney / 20 Oct 98." Book is tight, square, and unmarked; corners sharp, tail of spine ligthly bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $24.00); design by Chip Kidd. Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 002611

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Title: Model Behavior: A Novel and 7 Stories

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

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(Short Stories) MCINERNEY, Jay. Model Behavor: A Novel and 7 Stories. New York: Knopf, 1998. Ocatvo (8.75 x 6), hardcover, dust jacket, stated First Edition, 275 pages. Near Fine/Near Fine condition.

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Readers familiar with Jay McInerney's Bright Lights Big City may feel a sense of déjà vu when reading Model Behavior. Once again our hero is a small cog in the glamorous Manhattan media machine. Yet although the players may look the same, the rules of the game have changed--their ambitions and expectations are not the same as they were a decade or more ago. Connor McKnight is not brought low by drugs and other symbols of 1980s-style excess; instead, his relationship is destroyed by premillennial ennui and the numbing effects of his career as a celebrity journalist (celebrity being to the '90s what cocaine was to the '80s). The fact that all these shiny happy people really aren't happy at all is hardly news, but McInerney is both a chronicler and a satirist of this glitzy corner of the world, and his astute wit saves the novel from being as shallow as its subjects. This is not poisonous satire à la Martin Amis but a more affectionate (yet equally effective) mocking of modern pretensions, such as P.G. Wodehouse in Hugo Boss. McInerney's comic timing is best demonstrated in one of the longest scenes, a Thanksgiving dinner that ends in chaos when Connor's father exposes himself to the turkey-munching patrons of a tony Manhattan eatery. While the author's sixth book may not be very far removed from his first, that isn't necessarily a criticism. Like a botanist who studies only pondweed, McInerney has narrowed his focus to perfect it. Model Behavior, and the seven stories collected with it, demonstrate that no one else can render this peculiar little social set as accurately, or as artfully as McInerney. --Simon Leake

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