From the Pultizer Prize-winning author of new novel 'The Snow Queen', comes the story of a marriage thrown off course by a moment of mistaken identity. Peter Harris is forty-four, prosperous, the owner of a big New York apartment and a player in the contemporary art scene. He has been married to Rebecca for close to twenty years. Their marriage is ...
From the Pultizer Prize-winning author of new novel 'The Snow Queen', comes the story of a marriage thrown off course by a moment of mistaken identity. Peter Harris is forty-four, prosperous, the owner of a big New York apartment and a player in the contemporary art scene. He has been married to Rebecca for close to twenty years. Their marriage is sound, in the way marriages are. Peter might even describe himself as happy. But then Rebecca's much younger brother Mizzy shows up for a visit. Beautiful, twenty-three years old, with a history of drug problems, Mizzy is looking for direction. And in his presence, Peter finds himself questioning his marriage, his desires, his career - the entire world he has so carefully constructed for himself. Making us think deeply about the uses of beauty and the place of love in our lives, By Nightfall is heartbreaking look at the way we live now.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-10-25 Peter Harris, an art dealer, is having a major midlife crisis. He finds himself sexually attracted to Ethan, his wife's much younger brother, who has come to stay in their SoHo loft. Peter sees in him a younger, provocative version of his wife, Rebecca, just as in his youth, he was drawn to Rebecca's older sister. Actor Hugh Dancy uses a slight, if vague, Southern accent to suggest Ethan and Rebecca's Virginia roots, but he doesn't demonstrate much range. Still, he ably weaves his way through Cunningham's intricate sentences, but even his talent cannot lighten the novel's ponderous prose. There are some elegant passages, but booksellers might do well to steer audio fans to The Hours or Specimen Days. A Farrar, Straus, and Giroux paperback (Reviews, July 19). (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2010-07-19 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.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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