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By Nightfall

A Novel

Michael Cunningham, read by Hugh Dancy

Macmillan Audio

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 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.

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  • Michael Cunningham and James Franco on Youth

    The two discuss youth, how to inhabit characters, and the worst question to ask an author.

  • Michael Cunningham and James Franco on Writing

    The two discuss writing fiction, MFA programs, and the importance of rigor.

  • Michael Cunningham and James Franco Meet

    The two discuss their new books and how they met.

  • By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Michael Cunningham's New York Times bestselling novel By Nightfall, narrated by Hugh Dancy. Peter and Rebecca Harris, midforties, are prosperous denizens of Manhattan. He's an art dealer, she's an editor. They live well.

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Praise for By Nightfall

“Emmy Award nominee Hugh Dancy well captures Peter’s melancholy…Cunningham’s popularity generally and his exploration of universal middle-class dreams and fears make this a good choice for book clubs” – Library Journal

“What is signaled in print through the use of design elements, narrator Hugh Dancy does through voice: A change in inflection, a slight questioning, a hesitation, or an increase in speed alerts the listener to a switch from stream of consciousness to public dialogue, from narrative description to personal conversation. Dancy’s reading brings authenticity to Peter’s emotional journey, saving it from self-indulgence.” – Audiofile

“Emmy Award nominee Hugh Dancy well captures Peter’s melancholy…Cunningham’s popularity generally and his exploration of universal middle-class dreams and fears make this a good choice for book clubs” – Library Journal

“What is signaled in print through the use of design elements, narrator Hugh Dancy does through voice: A change in inflection, a slight questioning, a hesitation, or an increase in speed alerts the listener to a switch from stream of consciousness to public dialogue, from narrative description to personal conversation. Dancy’s reading brings authenticity to Peter’s emotional journey, saving it from self-indulgence.” – Audiofile

In the Press

'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.
- The Washington Post
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.
- FSG's Work in Progress

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Michael Cunningham, read by Hugh Dancy

  • 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. Hugh Dancy’s film credits include Confessions of A Shopaholic, Adam, The Jane Austen Book Club, Evening, Tempo, and Black Hawk Down, among others. He was nominated for an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in Elizabeth I, and has also acted in a television miniseries of David Copperfield. His theater appearances include Madame Bovary and Daniel Deronda. He is the narrator of the audio book of Michael Cunningham’s By Nightfall.
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    Michael Cunningham
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By Nightfall

A Novel

Michael Cunningham, read by Hugh Dancy

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