Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday Freebie: "By Nightfall" by Michael Cunningham

Congratulations to Steve Himmer, winner of the Dzanc Books two-fer (The Consequence of Skating by Steven Gillis and Pirate Talk or Mermalade by Terese Svoboda), last week's Friday Freebie giveaway.

This week, you have the opportunity to get yer mitts on the latest novel by Michael (The Hours) Cunningham.  I'm offering up a brand-spanking new hardback of By Nightfall.  Jacket copy reads thusly:

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.

I don't know about you, but I always love a good apogee crisis.

If you'd like a chance at winning By Nightfall, all you have to do is answer this ridiculously-easy question:

What novel by Michael Cunningham was awarded the Pulitzer Prize?  (The answer can be found by clicking HERE.)

Email your answer to

Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line.  One entry per person, please.  In order to give everyone a fair shake in the contest, please e-mail the answer, rather than posting it in the comments section.  The contest closes at midnight on Sept. 30, at which time I will place the names of the correct respondents in a vintage potato-chip tin (which has been thoroughly cleaned of all snack-chip crumbs*) and draw the winning name.  I'll announce the lucky reader on Oct. 1.

*Thereby ensuring that a certain "Mr. Frito Pringle" is ineligible to be accidentally declared the winner.

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