Bright Lights, Big City Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Mclnerney's work is strongly realistic, drawn from observed life. Because of this, it is important not to allow the details to obscure the story he has to tell. General questions for group discussions might concern Mclnerney's use (or overuse) of real-life details in his work, his depiction of the seamy underside of the bright life, and his use of the theme of redemption.

1. Mclnerney's use of a second-person "you" narration in the novel is considered one of the book's most interesting features. What effect does this way of telling a story have on you as a reader?

2. What comments does Mclnerney seem to be making in Bright Lights, Big City about relationships in the modern world?

3. What thematic purpose does the use of newspaper headlines serve?

4. What role does Amanda serve in Bright Lights, Big City7 Is her characterization consistent throughout?

5. Does the narrator's sense of...

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