Bad News (Patrick Melrose) Setting

Aubyn, Edward St.
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New York City

The novel takes place in New York City in the year 1982. The story begins with Patrick Melrose arriving in New York City from England by airplane, and the story ends with Patrick beginning his return trip to England two days later. New York City is the most populous city in the United States. 1980s New York City was notorious for its high crime rate, although Patrick is generally insulated from violence due to his position of wealth and privilege.

The Pierre

The Pierre is the upscale hotel where Patrick stays during his visit to New York City. Patrick spends much of his time outside of the hotel in order to collect his father’s remains, attend social engagements, and search for drugs and sexual partners. However, the hotel room is still the setting of considerable drama, such as Patrick’s drug-induced hallucinations and the scene between...

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