Bright, Precious Days Setting

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Manhattan

Most of the novel takes place in downtown Manhattan. It is described to have once been a haven for artists and off-center people to thrive that is now a gentrified, upscale shopping center for those who work on Wall Street. It serves as the idealized center for culture and wealth, which the characters identify with. The city embodies change as it forces the Calloways to accept New York is not the same rough, cultured city they adored in the 1980s.

The Hamptons

The Hamptons are the Calloways' tradition summer destination. During the summers they are populated by wealthy Manhattanites, and during the rest of the year are home to middle-class people like the rest of the world. The exhibition of privilege and opulence during the summers is contrasted with the much more modest fishing trip Russell and Jack take. The Hamptions function as a retreat from the real...

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