In the northern hills of Pakistan, by the border with Afghanistan, a drug deal goes horribly wrong. Trey’s friend has been captured. His girlfriend, Michelle, succumbs to her heroin addiction. And the only person who Trey can speak to is the Pashtun holding him captive.
In this beautiful and tragic story, McInerney’s first and a favorite of George Plimpton’s, the much-lauded author of the forthcoming novel Bright, Precious Days, explores in classic form the alienation facing urban American youth, loss, and the seductive pull of drugs. Selected from the collection How It Ended.
Jay McInerney is the author of eight novels, two collections of short stories, and three collections of essays on wine. His latest book, Bright, Precious Days, was published in 2016. He lives in New York City and Bridgehampton, New York.
“McInerney’s star burns as bright as ever.” —Vanity Fair
“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
“They are hyped and hungover, rueful party animals and sapped social climbers, wayward spouses and strangers in the night. . . . Characters in Jay McInerney’s How It Ended are fresh, fraught personalities.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“Brim[s] with all the attendant guilt and thrills and self-defeating impulses of an extramarital tryst. . . . Brilliant.” —The Boston Globe