The Great Night

A Novel

Chris Adrian

Picador

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Chris Adrian’s magical third novel is a mesmerizing reworking of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. On Midsummer’s Eve 2008, three brokenhearted people become lost in San Francisco’s Buena Vista Park, the secret home of Titania, Oberon, and their court. On this night, something awful is happening in the faerie kingdom: in a fit of sadness over the end of her marriage and the death of her adopted son, Titania has set loose an ancient menace, and the chaos that ensues upends the lives of immortals and mortals alike in a story that is playful, darkly funny, and poignant.

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Great Night
Part One1One night in the middle of June, three brokenhearted people walked into Buena Vista Park at nearly the same time, just after dark. One came from the north, out of the Haight, another climbed up out of the Castro from the east, and the last came from the west, out of the Sunset and Cole Valley: this one was already going in the wrong direction, and shortly all three of them would be lost. They were going to a seasonal party of the famously convivial Jordan Sasscock, at his home at 88 Buena Vista West (Molly was headed, mistakenly, to 88 Buena Vista East).

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“Adrian takes great imaginative risks in his writing....He clearly knows the sorrow of the human comedy and what fools we mortals be. Brush aside your Shakespeare, and you will find the same in The Great Night.”—The Washington Post

“A touching human story of ‘mortal sadness’…interweaving stories and situations that are in turn kitsch, camp, wry, and heartbreaking. Adrian balances seemingly incongruous elements to form a profoundly humane and moving work.”—The Telegraph (London)

“As moving as it is imaginative...Amid the magical romp, Adrian...manages to grapple with the problems and joys of the most human of emotions: love.”—GQ

“Whimsical, very sad, wonderful...At age forty, Adrian ranks among the best novelists of his generation, a moralist of a very high order....He has taken the scaffolding of Shakespeare’s play to build a cautionary tale about the dangers lurking in all of us.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer


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Chris Adrian is the author of Gob’s Grief, The Children’s Hospital, and A Better Angel. Selected by The New Yorker as one of their “20 Under 40,” he lives in San Francisco, where he is a fellow in pediatric hematology-oncology.

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The Great Night
A Novel
Chris Adrian

Trade Paperback

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Picador
May 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250007384
ISBN10: 1250007380
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$15.00

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429961004
ISBN10: 1429961007
304 pages
$9.99
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