Ruth Doan MacDougall (review date 5 October 1984)
SOURCE: "Having Fun in New York," in The Christian Science Monitor, October 5, 1984, p. B5.
[In the following review, MacDougall offers a favorable assessment of Bright Lights, Big City.]
The nameless hero of this very funny first novel narrates the story in second person—a device that runs the risk of becoming gimmicky and tedious but instead triumphs, emphasizing the distance the hero feels from his collapsing life.
A "perennial new kid" in school, he grew up with a feeling "of always standing to one side of yourself, of watching yourself in the world even as you were being in the world, and wondering if this was how everyone felt."
(The entire section is 538 words.)