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McInerney at Pen America/Free Expression Literature in May 2014
John Barrett McInerney Jr.

January 13, 1955 (1955-01-13) (age 66)
Alma mater Williams College
Occupation Writer
Spouse(s) Linda Rossiter
Merry Raymond
Helen Bransford
Anne Hearst (2006–present)
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John Barrett "Jay" McInerney Jr. ( born January 13, 1955) is an American novelist, screenwriter, editor, and columnist. His novels include Bright Lights, Big City, Ransom, Story of My Life, Brightness Falls, and The Last of the Savages. He edited The Penguin Book of New American Voices, wrote the screenplay for the 1988 film adaptation of Bright Lights, Big City, and co-wrote the screenplay for the television film Gia, which starred Angelina Jolie. He was the wine columnist for House & Garden magazine, and his essays on wine have been collected in Bacchus & Me (2000) and A Hedonist in the Cellar (2006). His most recent novel is titled Bright, Precious Days, published in 2016. From April 2010 he was a wine columnist for The Wall Street Journal. In 2009, he published a book of short stories which spanned his entire career, titled How It Ended, which was named one of the 10 best books of the year by Janet Maslin of The New York Times.

Early life and education

McInerney was born in 1955 in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Marilyn Jean (Murphy) and John Barrett McInerney, Sr., a corporate executive. He graduated from Williams College in 1976. At Syracuse University, he earned a Master of Arts in English and studied writing with Raymond Carver.

Personal life

His first wife was fashion model Linda Rossiter. His second wife was writer Merry Reymond. For four years he lived with fashion model Marla Hanson. His third marriage, to Helen Bransford, lasted nine years, and the couple had fraternal twin children, John Barrett McInerney III and Maisie Bransford McInerney. In 2006, he married Anne Hearst.



  • Gossip Girl as the fictional novelist Jeramiah Harris, mentor to aspiring writer Dan Humphrey
  • Hotel Room, television series for HBO, created by David Lynch; McInerney wrote the second episode "Getting Rid Of Robert", which was directed by James Signorelli.
  • BBC Sincerely F. Scott Fitzgerald; McInerney presented a documentary on writer F. Scott Fitzgerald for the BBC.
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