The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours reads from his new novel, The Snow Queen.
Michael Cunningham reads from The Snow QueenSkylight Books (1818 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027) Map it Free
The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and author of The Hours makes an appearance in Los Feliz to read from his latest novel, The Snow Queen. Beautiful and heartbreaking, comic and tragic, his new novel proves yet again that Michael Cunningham is one of the great novelists of his generation. Join the author for an intimate literary session at one of L.A.'s finest bookstores, Skylight Books.
Skylight Books is very excited to welcome to Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours. Michael Cunningham's luminous new novel begins with a vision. It's November 2004. Barrett Meeks, having lost love yet again, is walking through Central Park when he is inspired to look up at the sky; there he sees a pale, translucent light that seems to regard him in a distinctly godlike way. Barrett doesn't believe in visions--or in God--but he can't deny what he's seen.
At the same time, in the not-quite-gentrified Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, Tyler, Barrett's older brother, a struggling musician, is trying--and failing--to write a wedding song for Beth, his wife-to-be, who is seriously ill. Tyler is determined to write a song that will be not merely a sentimental ballad but an enduring expression of love.
Barrett, haunted by the light, turns unexpectedly to religion. Tyler grows increasingly convinced that only drugs can release his creative powers. Beth tries to face mortality with as much courage as she can summon.
Michael Cunningham follows the Meeks brothers as each travels down a different path in his search for transcendence. In subtle, lucid prose, he demonstrates a profound empathy for his conflicted characters and a singular understanding of what lies at the core of the human soul.
The Snow Queen, beautiful and heartbreaking, comic and tragic, proves again that Michael Cunningham is one of the great novelists of his generation.
Michael Cunningham is the author of six novels, including A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, The Hours (winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize), Specimen Days, and By Nightfall, as well as Land’s End: A Walk in Provincetown. He lives in New York.