20th Century > 1980s

    Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney

The novel follows a young man, living in Manhattan as if he owned it, through nightclubs, fashion shows, editorial offices, and loft parties as he attempts to outstrip mortality and the recurring approach of dawn. With nothing but goodwill, controlled substances, and wit to sustain him in this anti-quest, he runs until he reaches his reckoning point, where he is forced to acknowledge loss and, possibly, to rediscover his better instincts.

Year: 1984
Genre: 1980s

    Brightness Falls by Jay McInerney

As he maps the fault lines spreading through the marriage of Russell and Corrine Calloway and chronicles Russell's wildly ambitious scheme to seize control of the publishing house at which he works, Jay McInerney creates an elegy for New York in the 1980s. From the literary chimeras and corporate raiders to those dispossessed by the pandemonium of money and power, Brightness Falls captures a rash era at its moment of reckoning and gives reality back to a time that now seems decidedly unreal.

Year: 1992
Genre: 1980sDomestic SuspenseFamily Drama

    Forrest Gump by Winston Groom

Six foot six, 242 pounds, and possessed of a scant IQ of 70, Forrest Gump is the lovable, surprisingly savvy hero of this classic comic tale. His early life may seem inauspicious, but when the University of Alabama’s football team drafts Forrest and makes him a star, it sets him on an unbelievable path that will transform him from Vietnam hero to world-class Ping-Pong player, from wrestler to entrepreneur.

Year: 1986
Genre: 1960s1970s1980s

    Red Rabbit by Tom Clancy

It's the early 1980s--and historian, teacher, and recent ex-Marine Jack Ryan is now a CIA officer on loan to the British SIS. On his very first day, an extraordinary document crosses his desk. Because of government repression in Poland, the new Pope, John Paul II, has threatened to resign his papacy.

Year: 2002
Genre: 1980sCIACold War

    Story of My Life by Jay McInerney

A hilarious, sobering portrait of 1980s New York City featuring twenty-something actress Alison Poole and her coterie of club-hopping, coke-addicted friends. As Alison races toward emotional breakdown, McInerney gives us a funny yet oddly touching portrait of a postmodern Holly Golightly coming to terms with a world in which everything is permitted and nothing really matters.

Year: 1988
Genre: 1980sComing of Age


My Library
Own Read Rating WishYearTitleAuthorSeriesGenres & Tags

-- -- -- --1984 Bright Lights, Big City Jay McInerney 1980s, New York City
-- -- -- --1992 Brightness Falls Jay McInerney Calloway Trilogy1980sDomestic SuspenseFamily Drama
-- -- -- --1986 Forrest Gump Winston Groom 1960s1970s1980s
-- -- -- --2002 Red Rabbit Tom Clancy Jack Ryan1980sCIACold War
-- -- -- --1988 Story of My Life Jay McInerney 1980sComing of Age
-- -- -- --2013 Sycamore Row John Grisham Jake Brigance1980sCourtroom Drama
-- -- -- --1987 The Bonfire of the Vanities Tom Wolfe 1980sLegal ThrillerSatire, New York City
-- -- -- --2003 The Fortress of Solitude Jonathan Lethem 1970s1980sComing of Age, New York City
-- -- -- --2006 The Innocent Man John Grisham 1980sTrue Crime