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By Nightfall is a fascinating character study of several New Yorkers who are forced to examine their lives and question the paths that got them where they are. New York City itself is more a character than a setting, with its own desires, demands, and image to maintain.
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Peter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties denizens of Manhattans SoHo, nearing the apogee of committed careers in the arts—he a dealer, she an editor. With a spacious loft, a college-age daughter in Boston, and lively friends, they are admirable, enviable contemporary urbanites with every reason, it seems, to be happy. Then Rebecca's much younger look-alike brother, Ethan (known in the family as Mizzy, “the mistake”), shows up for a visit. A beautiful, beguiling twenty-three-year-old with a history of drug problems, Mizzy is wayward, at loose ends, looking for direction. And in his presence, Peter finds himself questioning his artists, their work, his career—the entire world he has so carefully constructed.

Like his legendary, Pulitzer Prize–winning novel, The Hours, Michael Cunningham's masterly new novel is a heartbreaking look at the way we live now. Full of shocks and aftershocks, it makes us think and feel deeply about the uses and meaning of beauty and the place of love in our lives.

Review:

"Contemplating an affair that never was, SoHo art dealer Peter Harris laments that he 'could see it all too clearly.' The same holds true for Cunningham's emotionally static and drearily conventional latest (after Specimen Days). Peter and his wife, Rebecca--who edits a mid-level art magazine--have settled into a comfortable life in Manhattan's art world, but their staid existence is disrupted by the arrival of Rebecca's much younger brother, Ethan--known as Mizzy, short for 'The Mistake.' Family golden child Mizzy is a recovering drug addict whose current whim has landed him in New York where he wants to pursue a career in 'the arts.' Watching Mizzy--whose resemblance to a younger Rebecca unnerves Peter--coast through life without responsibilities makes Peter question his own choices and wonder if it's more than Mizzy's freedom that he covets. Cunningham's sentences are, individually, something to behold, but they're unfortunately pressed into the service of a dud story about a well-off New Yorker's existential crisis. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Review:

"Rather witty and a little outrageous . . . for pure, elegant, efficient beauty, Cunningham is astounding. A cerebral, quirky reflection on the allure of phantom ideals and even, ultimately, on what a traditional marriage needs to survive." Ron Charles, The Washington Post

Review:

"[Cunningham] makes you turn the pages. He tells a story here, but not too much a story. You aren’t deadened by detail; you're eager to know what happens next." Jeanette Winterson, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Where art and humanity converge and where they part form a double helix in By Nightfall and account for the novel's most considered and lovely prose. Cunningham’s observations of our desperate search for the real fill and break the heart." Ellen Kanner, Miami Herald

Review:

"So many of Cunningham's physical descriptions read like confident prose poems, where you imagine what's left between the lines . . . As a testament to the richness of the literary imagination, By Nightfall is a success. You can't read this novel without the sense of how worlds can be found in a drop of water, or in an offhand comment, or in the curve of a vase. . . By Nightfall is a meditation on beauty, and it has its own indelible qualities of beauty." Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe

Review:

"Beauty, in its infinite variety and its power to transfix and seduce and delude, is a central theme of By Nightfall, the latest from the author of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel The Hours. Add the mysteries and fears of aging and mortality to the agenda, and you have echoes here of Oscar Wilde and Thomas Mann . . . the attentive reader is rewarded with a wise and exhilarating epiphany at the end." Misha Berson, The Seattle Times

Synopsis:

Peter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties denizens of Manhattan's SoHo, are admirable, enviable contemporary urbanites with every reason, it seems, to be happy until her much-younger look-alike brother shows up for a visit. Like his legendary, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Hours, Cunningham's masterly new novel is a heartbreaking look at the way we live now.

Synopsis:

Like his legendary, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Hours, Michael Cunninghams masterly new novel is a heartbreaking look at the way we live now. Full of shocks and aftershocks, it makes us think and feel deeply about the uses and meaning of beauty and the place of love in our lives.

Synopsis:

Peter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties denizens of Manhattans SoHo, nearing the apogee of committed careers in the arts—he a dealer, she an editor. With a spacious loft, a college-age daughter in Boston, and lively friends, they are admirable, enviable contemporary urbanites with every reason, it seems, to be happy. Then Rebeccas much younger look-alike brother, Ethan (known in the family as Mizzy, “the mistake”), shows up for a visit. A beautiful, beguiling twenty-three-year-old with a history of drug problems, Mizzy is wayward, at loose ends, looking for direction. And in his presence, Peter finds himself questioning his artists, their work, his career—the entire world he has so carefully constructed.

Like his legendary, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Hours, Michael Cunninghams masterly new novel is a heartbreaking look at the way we live now. Full of shocks and aftershocks, it makes us think and feel deeply about the uses and meaning of beauty and the place of love in our lives.

Synopsis:

A New York Times Bestseller

Peter and Rebecca Harris, midforties, are prosperous denizens of Manhattan. Hes an art dealer, shes an editor. They live well. They have their troubles—their ebbing passions, their wayward daughter, and certain doubts about their careers—but they feel as though theyre happy. Happy enough. Until Rebeccas much younger, look-alike brother, Ethan (known in the family as Mizzy, short for the Mistake), comes to visit. And after he arrives, nothing will ever be the same again.

This poetic and compelling masterpiece is a heartbreaking look at a marriage and the way we now live. Full of shocks and aftershocks, By Nightfall is a novel about the uses and meaning of beauty, and the place of love in our lives.

About the Author

Michael Cunningham's novel The Hours won both the Pulitzer Prize and a PEN/Faulkner award, and became an Academy Award–winning film starring Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Meryl Streep. An earlier novel, A Home at the End of the World, was recently made into a film starring Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Sissy Spacek, and Robin Wright Penn. He lives in New York.

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L Kate S, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by L Kate S)
If you like art and books that move at a quiet, beautiful pace you'll love this book. And if you've read and liked Carole Maso's The Art Lover, you'll definitely love it.
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If you like art and books that move at a quiet, beautiful pace you'll love this book. And if you've read and liked Carole Maso's The Art Lover, you'll definitely love it.
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L Kate S, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by L Kate S)
If you like art and books that move at a quiet, beautiful pace you'll love this book. And if you've read and liked Carole Maso's The Art Lover, you'll definitely love it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374299088
Author:
Cunningham, Michael
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
Dancy, Hugh
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Gay
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 CDs, 7.75 hours
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Product details 256 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374299088 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

By Nightfall is a fascinating character study of several New Yorkers who are forced to examine their lives and question the paths that got them where they are. New York City itself is more a character than a setting, with its own desires, demands, and image to maintain.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Contemplating an affair that never was, SoHo art dealer Peter Harris laments that he 'could see it all too clearly.' The same holds true for Cunningham's emotionally static and drearily conventional latest (after Specimen Days). Peter and his wife, Rebecca--who edits a mid-level art magazine--have settled into a comfortable life in Manhattan's art world, but their staid existence is disrupted by the arrival of Rebecca's much younger brother, Ethan--known as Mizzy, short for 'The Mistake.' Family golden child Mizzy is a recovering drug addict whose current whim has landed him in New York where he wants to pursue a career in 'the arts.' Watching Mizzy--whose resemblance to a younger Rebecca unnerves Peter--coast through life without responsibilities makes Peter question his own choices and wonder if it's more than Mizzy's freedom that he covets. Cunningham's sentences are, individually, something to behold, but they're unfortunately pressed into the service of a dud story about a well-off New Yorker's existential crisis. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , "Rather witty and a little outrageous . . . for pure, elegant, efficient beauty, Cunningham is astounding. A cerebral, quirky reflection on the allure of phantom ideals and even, ultimately, on what a traditional marriage needs to survive."
"Review" by , "[Cunningham] makes you turn the pages. He tells a story here, but not too much a story. You aren’t deadened by detail; you're eager to know what happens next."
"Review" by , "Where art and humanity converge and where they part form a double helix in By Nightfall and account for the novel's most considered and lovely prose. Cunningham’s observations of our desperate search for the real fill and break the heart."
"Review" by , "So many of Cunningham's physical descriptions read like confident prose poems, where you imagine what's left between the lines . . . As a testament to the richness of the literary imagination, By Nightfall is a success. You can't read this novel without the sense of how worlds can be found in a drop of water, or in an offhand comment, or in the curve of a vase. . . By Nightfall is a meditation on beauty, and it has its own indelible qualities of beauty."
"Review" by , "Beauty, in its infinite variety and its power to transfix and seduce and delude, is a central theme of By Nightfall, the latest from the author of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel The Hours. Add the mysteries and fears of aging and mortality to the agenda, and you have echoes here of Oscar Wilde and Thomas Mann . . . the attentive reader is rewarded with a wise and exhilarating epiphany at the end."
"Synopsis" by , Peter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties denizens of Manhattan's SoHo, are admirable, enviable contemporary urbanites with every reason, it seems, to be happy until her much-younger look-alike brother shows up for a visit. Like his legendary, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Hours, Cunningham's masterly new novel is a heartbreaking look at the way we live now.
"Synopsis" by ,
Like his legendary, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Hours, Michael Cunninghams masterly new novel is a heartbreaking look at the way we live now. Full of shocks and aftershocks, it makes us think and feel deeply about the uses and meaning of beauty and the place of love in our lives.
"Synopsis" by ,

Peter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties denizens of Manhattans SoHo, nearing the apogee of committed careers in the arts—he a dealer, she an editor. With a spacious loft, a college-age daughter in Boston, and lively friends, they are admirable, enviable contemporary urbanites with every reason, it seems, to be happy. Then Rebeccas much younger look-alike brother, Ethan (known in the family as Mizzy, “the mistake”), shows up for a visit. A beautiful, beguiling twenty-three-year-old with a history of drug problems, Mizzy is wayward, at loose ends, looking for direction. And in his presence, Peter finds himself questioning his artists, their work, his career—the entire world he has so carefully constructed.

Like his legendary, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Hours, Michael Cunninghams masterly new novel is a heartbreaking look at the way we live now. Full of shocks and aftershocks, it makes us think and feel deeply about the uses and meaning of beauty and the place of love in our lives.

"Synopsis" by ,

A New York Times Bestseller

Peter and Rebecca Harris, midforties, are prosperous denizens of Manhattan. Hes an art dealer, shes an editor. They live well. They have their troubles—their ebbing passions, their wayward daughter, and certain doubts about their careers—but they feel as though theyre happy. Happy enough. Until Rebeccas much younger, look-alike brother, Ethan (known in the family as Mizzy, short for the Mistake), comes to visit. And after he arrives, nothing will ever be the same again.

This poetic and compelling masterpiece is a heartbreaking look at a marriage and the way we now live. Full of shocks and aftershocks, By Nightfall is a novel about the uses and meaning of beauty, and the place of love in our lives.

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