By Nightfall

A Novel

Michael Cunningham

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Peter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties denizens of Manhattan’s 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 thefamily 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.

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A PARTY
The Mistake is coming to stay for a while.
“Are you mad about Mizzy?” Rebecca says.
“Of course not,” Peter answers.
One of the inscrutable old horses that pull tourist carriages has been hit by a car somewhere up on Broadway, which has stopped traffic all the way down to the Port Authority, which is making Peter and Rebecca late.
“Maybe it’s time to start calling him Ethan,” Rebecca says. “I’ll bet nobody calls him Mizzy anymore but us.”
Mizzy is short for the Mistake.

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'Nightfall' video book review with Ron Charles
The Washington Post's fiction critic lets fly another wacky video review with a rundown of author Michael Cunningham's latest offering.
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Work in Progress » Blog Archive » My Library: Michael Cunningham
Around the hardcover publication for Michael Cunningham's By Nightfall, I was fortunate enough to produce a short video series with him and his student, the polymath James Franco.
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About the Author

Michael Cunningham

Michael Cunningham was raised in Los Angeles and lives in New York City. He is the author of the novels The Hours, A Home at the End of the World, Specimen Days, and Flesh and Blood. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and Best American Short Stories, and he is the recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for The Hours, which was a New York Times bestseller, and was chosen as a Best Book of 1998 by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly. He is a Professor at Brooklyn College for the M.F.A program.

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By Nightfall
A Novel
Michael Cunningham

Hardcover

Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780374299088
ISBN10: 0374299080
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$25.00

Unabridged Compact Disc

Unabridged  Compact Disc
Macmillan Audio
September 2010
Unabridged Compact Disc
ISBN: 9781427210579
ISBN10: 1427210578
5 7/8 x 5 1/8 inches, Audio Run Time: 7:45
$34.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
September 2010
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427210586
ISBN10: 1427210586
Audio Run Time: 8:30
$17.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
August 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312610432
ISBN10: 0312610432
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
$15.00

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e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
September 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429978095
ISBN10: 1429978090
256 pages
$9.99
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