The Hours

A Novel

Michael Cunningham; Read by the Author

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Winner of the Pulitzer prize, the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and nominated for 9 Academy Awards, The Hours is now available on Unabridged CD.

Passionate, profound, and deeply moving, The Hours tells the story of three women: Clarissa Vaughan, who one New York morning goes about planning a party in honor of a beloved friend; Laura Brown, who in a 1950s Los Angeles suburb slowly begins to feel the constraints of a perfect family and home; and Virginia Woolf, recuperating with her husband in a London suburb and beginning to write Mrs. Dalloway. By the end of the novel, the stories have intertwined, and finally come together in an act of subtle and haunting grace, demonstrating Michael Cunningham’s deep empathy for his characters as well as the extraordinary resonance of his language.

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Praise for The Hours

“A smashing literary tour de force and an utterly invigorating reading experience. If this book does not make you jump up from the sofa, looking at life and literature in new ways, check to see if you have a pulse.” —USA Today

“An exquisitely written, kaleidoscopic work that anchors a floating postmodern world on pre-modern caissons of love, grief, and transcendent longing.” —Los Angeles Times

“Cunningham has created something original, a trio of richly interwoven tales...his most mature and masterful work.” —The Washington Post Book World

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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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Michael Cunningham; Read by the Author

Michael Cunningham was raised in Los Angeles and lives in New York City. He is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World (Picador) 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. The Hours 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.

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The Hours
A Novel
Michael Cunningham; Read by the Author


ALA Notable Books - Winner, ALA Stonewall Book Award - Winner, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award - Nominee, National Book Critics Circle Awards - Nominee, Boston Book Review - Nominee, PEN/Faulkner Award - Winner, Book Sense Book of the Year Award - Nominee, Lambda Literary Award - Nominee, Triangle Awards - Winner, Pulitzer Prize - Winner

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
October 2003
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593973483
ISBN10: 1593973489
Audio Run Time: 7:00

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
January 2000
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312243029
ISBN10: 0312243022
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
July 1998
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429957946
ISBN10: 1429957948
230 pages

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