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From the Jay McInererny whose first novel, Bright Lights, Big City, defined a generation, a collection of twenty-six stories, new and old, that trace the arc of his career for nearly three decades.
“Extremely entertaining. . . elegant, subtle, shapely and reflective. . . . Perfect specimens.” —The New York Times
“How It Ended reminds us how impressively broad McInerney’s scope has been and how confidently he has ranged across wide swaths of our national experience.... He possesses the literary naturalist’s full tool kit: empathy and curiosity, a peeled eye and a well-tuned ear, a talent for building narratives at once intimate and expansive, plausible and inventive.” —Sam Tanenhaus, The New York Times Book Review, front page
“Brim[s] with all the attendant guilt and thrills and self-defeating impulses of an extramarital tryst…. Brilliant.” —The Boston Globe
“Fresh and smart…. Without losing his early jokey way with language or his ironic wit, [McInerney] finds new depths of understanding.” —The Oregonian
“Immediately enveloping…. This collection highlights a powerful contemporary American writer.” —The Plain Dealer
“Alongside old hits . . . [How It Ended includes] an impressive selection of new work that touches upon his usual themes: money, marriage, and the social jostling involved in both. . . . McInerney’s characters are engaging because they are continually falling into a trap that even their wealth cannot protect them from: They cannot tell the difference between living fully, and living without limits.” —The Dallas Morning News
“[McInerney’s] stories are so immediately enveloping and powerful that we don’t notice how few words he uses to conjure his rich, complicated characters. . . . How It Ended is more than a victory lap for McInerney.” —The Plain Dealer
“Superb examples of the form.” —Slate
“A century from now, cultural historians will plumb the works of Jay McInerney to discern what life was like in the two decades between the explosion of Wall Street wealth and the grim aftermath of 9/11. His keen-eyed depiction of that period is generously displayed in How it Ended. . . . Perceptive and real.” —BookPage
“Sharp and precisely observed. . . . What’s impressive is just how good—sometimes extraordinarily so—McInerney has been. . . . Precision is precisely what separates the short story from the novel. It’s the art of letting the detail stand in for the whole, and this is where many of the stories in How It Ended make the cut as fine examples of their form.” —The Toronto Star