On The Avenue

Audrey Gruss Hosts Book Party for Jay McInerney

by Kristopher Fraser Photographed by Sean Zanni/PMC
Thursday, October 6, 2016

On Tuesday, October 4, Audrey Gruss hosted a party to celebrate the launch of author and screenwriter Jay McInerney’s new book Bright, Precious Days. This marks McInerney’s 12th book. The New York Times has described his work as “The voice of a generation.”

The party was held at the 21 Club and included a very impressive guest list. Attendees included his wife Anne Hearst McInerney, Jim Belushi, Chuck Scarborough, Dennis Basso, Scott Nelson, Cornelia Sharpe Bregman, Nicole Miller, Patricia Hearst Shaw, Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia, Deborah Bancroft, Jane Rothschild and Jeanine Pepler. Guests enjoyed an open bar stocked with wine and champagne.

McInerney’s book officially launched August 2, and tells the story of two people who seemingly had it all, but looks aren’t always as they seem.

The book was inspired by McInerney’s observations about society around him in the post 9/11 era. According to McInerney’s author’s note he included with the book it began “with the image of a group of New York friends sitting around a loft in Tribeca watching election returns even as the financial system was collapsing. And the loft, of course, belonged to my old friends Russell and Corrine Calloway, who had come to life in Brightness Falls and returned again in the Good Life.”

McInerney might be better known to the general public as the screenwriter of Gia, the movie that helped launched Angelina Jolie’s acting career.

The 21 Club proved to be the perfect private venue for the event, as it is one of New York’s most sophisticated speakeasies, located in Midtown. Built circa 1929, it is considered one of New York’s most posh speakeasies.

Visit McInerney’s website at jaymcinerney.com.





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