She named her five favorite books of New York stories for C.M. Mayo's "Madam Mayo" blog.
One title on the list:
Brightness Falls, Jay McInerney.Read about another book on the list.
A sublime dissection of New York in the 1980s, when even the underpaid publishing slaves weren’t immune to the money fever that defined the period, Brightness Falls follows a striving bourgeois couple as they succumb to the madness of their time. Russell Calloway, an editor at a literary publishing house, launches a plan to initiate a leveraged buy out of his failing company, ousting his lecherous boss, an industry legend. Meanwhile, his wife, Corinne, who’s job as a trader really pays the rent, is quietly losing her mind. And then, of course, the market crashes.
The Page 69 Test: A Fortunate Age by Joanna Smith Rakoff.