Friday, November 19, 2010

ARE YOU LISTENING? FRIDAYS: BY NIGHTFALL AUDIO BOOK GIVEAWAY

BOOKIN' WITH BINGO'S
"ARE YOU LISTENING? DAY"
I AM EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THIS FRIDAY'S
"ARE YOU LISTENING? DAY"
AUDIO BOOK CHOICE IS.....
GIVEAWAY ENDED
BY NIGHTFALL
BY MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM
READ BY HUGH DANCY

ABOUT THE AUDIO BOOK:
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.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Michael Cunningham was raised in Los Angeles and lives in New York City. He is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World (Picador) and Flesh and Blood. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and Best American Short Stories, and he is the recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for The Hours which was a New York Times Bestseller, and was chosen as a Best Book of 1998 by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly. He is a Professor at Brooklyn College for the M.F.A program. 

PRAISE AND REVIEWS FOR BY NIGHTFALL:
Jeanette Winterson, The New York Times Book Review:
“[Cunningham] makes you turn the pages. He tells a story here, but not too much a story. You aren’t deadened by detail; you’re eager to know what happens next.”


Pam Houston, More:
“In this rueful, daring and expansive novel, Cunningham gives us deep and thrilling access to the mind and heart of a searching, cynical, self-deprecating-except-when-he’s-self-aggrandizing modern male.”


Karen Valby, Entertainment Weekly:
“There are sentences here so powerfully precise and beautiful that they almost hover above the page.”


Very Short List:
“Beautifully written . . . Cunningham manages to perfectly capture post-9/11 New York City, with keen observations about anxiety, fidelity, aging, the art world and the somewhat impossible pursuit of what we think of as happiness.”


Donna Seaman, The Kansas City Star:
“A ravishing and witty tale of yearning and hubris.”


Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review):
“The result is an exquisite, slyly witty, warmly philosophical, and urbanely eviscerating tale of the mysteries of beauty and desire, art and delusion, age and love."
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Nancy Connors, The Plain Dealer:
“Michael Cunningham’s newest novel, By Nightfall, is a slim book that takes on some big issues: the evolving relationship of long-married couples, the often-fraught bond between parents and their adult children, the duty siblings have to one another. But it also enlarges to consider the role that beauty plays in our lives and the necessarily one-sided nature of our relationship with it. By Nightfall is philosophy masquerading as a story . . . Instead of a novel overflowing with flesh and sweat, rage and craziness, Cunningham has given us a well-considered treatise.”


Ellen Kanner, Miami Herald:
“Where art and humanity converge and where they part form a double helix in By Nightfall and account for the novel’s most considered and lovely prose. Cunningham’s observations of our desperate search for the real fill and break the heart.”


Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe:
“So many of Cunningham’s physical descriptions read like confident prose poems, where you imagine what’s left between the lines . . . As a testament to the richness of the literary imagination, By Nightfall is a success. You can’t read this novel without the sense of how worlds can be found in a drop of water, or in an offhand comment, or in the curve of a vase . . . By Nightfall is a meditation on beauty, and it has its own indelible qualities of beauty.”

GIVEAWAY
I, MYSELF, HAVE ONE BRAND NEW
COPY OF THIS FASCINATING
  AUDIO BOOK TO GIVE AWAY!
    
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES, PLEASE
--INCLUDE EMAIL ADDRESS IN COMMENT
--ALL ENTRIES/COMMENTS MUST BE
SEPARATE IN ORDER TO COUNT
AS MORE THAN ONE ENTRY
HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY:
COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING ABOUT BY NIGHTFALL ABOVE THAT WOULD MAKE YOU WANT TO WIN THIS AUDIO BOOK

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE OF THE REVIEWS OR PRAISES ABOVE THAT INTERESTS YOU THE MOST. JUST NAME THE REVIEWER OR SOURCE
 
+1 MORE ENTRY: BLOG OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND LEAVE A LINK I CAN FOLLOW IN THE ENTRY

+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FIND INTERESTING ON MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM'S WEBSITE HERE. PERHAPS YOU MIGHT COMMENT ON ANOTHER BOOK OF HIS YOU HAVE READ, OR WOULD LIKE TO READ

GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, DECEMBER 4!
  GOOD LUCK!!!

63 comments:

debbie said...

I think it is interesting that a young man with his own problems, would lead to a successful man questioning his life.I would love to have the book.
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debbie said...

I liked the very short list review.
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debbie said...

I would like to read his book a home at the end of the world.
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Pamela Keener said...

I have read The Hours and loved that book. This book sounds very interesting and I love to listen to audiobooks on my long drives,
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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Pamela Keener said...

I like Nancy Connors review.
The place that beauty holds in our lives and our one sided relationship w/it.
Love & Hugs,
Pam
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Pamela Keener said...

I tweeted this giveaway.
http://twitter.com/pam4290/status/5590327939305472
Love & Hugs,
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Pamela Keener said...

Michael will be at Book Fair International in Miami Fl on 11/20
Oh how I wish I could go and meet him in person.
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bermudaonion said...

I'd love to listen to this one since Cunningham is a Pulitzer Prize winning author. Thanks for the giveaway. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

bermudaonion said...

I like the review from the Kansas City Star. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Steve Capell said...

I found several things that tweaked my interest in this audio book. His awards mentioned in this review are outstanding credits for an accomplished author and while that alone wouldn’t cause me to listen to this audio book it does peak my interest in his writing style. The one comment that stated: “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.” That sentence really quenched it for me.

I also found Pam Houston comment to be interesting when she stated that this is an “expansive novel.” The first thing that came to my mind that this novel was large … meaning many pages. The definition of a novel is one that is usually one of 40,000 words or more, but when I did some research this book is a mere 256 pages unlike books like “Freedom” by Johnathan Franzen with 576 pages or “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” by David Wroblewski with also 576 pages. I would guess that Pam Houston in her use of the word “expansive” meant the core story of this book. This review by Pam Houston tweaked my interest in this book. BTW – “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” is one of my all time favorite novels. Maybe Michael Cunningham’s “By Nightfall” will also become a favorite of mine.

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Tore said...

I would love to listen to this book sounds very interesting. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

holdenj said...

Peter and Rebecca seem to have that fairly perfect NYC life that's going to go you know where pretty quick from the sounds of things.
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holdenj said...

I liked the EW quote. I generally trust them on their reviews and comments.
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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

http://twitter.com/#!/alterlisa/status/5697953834475520


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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

"post-9/11 New York City" as I live in a small rural area I just love stories set in NYC


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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

i also loved Nancy Connors, The Plain Dealer's review


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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

I don't think I've read any other of Michael Cunningham's books but I definitely put "Flesh & Blood' on my wishlist

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Teresa said...

I have wanted to read this one since I first saw it. I love the cover! It looks like a fascinating read. I think its interesting the things that cause us to question ourselves.

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Teresa said...

If I didn't already want to read it, the New York Times Book Review would entice me to read it.

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Christa said...

What really peaked my interest is when Jeanette Winterson said, "...you're eager to know what happens next." These are the words I am looking for! I'm constantly in search of the next book that I can't put down. It seems I've been getting stuck lately on books I like, but aren't page turners and they take me a long time to get through. The storyline sounds interesting enough and if it really is a "page turner" then I bet I would love it!

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Christa said...

Nightfall sounds interesting because there is the family that seems to be running smoothly and one character enters the picture that can totally change the relationships.

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Christa said...

Just tweeted about the giveaway!

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Christa said...

I went to Michael Cunningham's website and saw that I would like to read The Hours! I've never seen the movie and I love to read book's before I do.

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sunshine9 said...

review by Nancy Connors

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Anonymous said...

Any book that is heartbreaking and addresses "the meaning of beauty and love in our lives". That makes me really ant to read this book.

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Anonymous said...

Short but very beautifulis this review:
Karen Valby, Entertainment Weekly.

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Anonymous said...

I tweeted:
Carolee888 is my Twitter name
http://bookinwithbingo.blogspot.com/? See above for an audio giveaway of "By Nightfall'

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Anonymous said...

'Land's End, A Walk in Provincetown' is the one that I would pick. I have been to Provincetown and will never forget it. I want to go back but before I do, I would read or listen to his out of the
ordinary travel guide. There a few towns that have a distinct atmosphere. This is one of them, it is full of layers of history, (Portguese and English ancestors), art, movie festivals, crafts and you name it. This is the place for people who love all that and each other.


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Bethie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win this. I love books that take place in Manhattan, as I am from NY. And SoHo is such a great place.

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Susan said...

I'm interested in the mom who is an editor. The daughter in college sounds interesting.
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Susan said...

Karen Valby wrote a review that caught my eye. After reading her review, I really want to read this book. She describes this book as powerfully precise sentence.
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Susan said...

I counted 7 books that Michael Cunningham has published.
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clenna said...

i read the review from Jeanette Winterson and loved it when she said 'he tells a story but not too much a story, you're eager to know what happens next.' Sounds like my kind of book.

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Eileen said...

Ever since The Hours I have though of Cunningham as a genius. He is an excellent writer.

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sunshine9 said...

Since this is just after Thanksgiving, the book reflects familial relationships--adult children, siblings etc and holidays definitely stress those relationships. I want to read/hear how the family relationships evolve in By Nightfall.
LeAnn
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Heather said...

I'd love to read about the dynamics presented. I'd also love to hear Hugh Dancy read this!
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lanie said...

I'm intrigued by poor Mizzy. It's just cruel to nickname a child "the mistake." No wonder he has issues.

lanie said...

This review has beautiful imagery: Karen Valby, Entertainment Weekly.

lanie said...

I would like to read The Hours, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Laura H. said...

Thanks for another great giveaway! I'm intrigued to learn how a successful, respected and "enviable" older individual's world can be thrown into turmoil by a person younger than them who has no direction in their life.

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Laura H. said...

I think the comment by Nancy Connors piqued my interest the most about this book when she described it as "...the evolving relationship of long-married couples, the often-fraught bond between parents and their adult children, the duty siblings have to one another." In other words, a story about every day life.

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Laura H. said...

Tweeted giveaway: http://twitter.com/#!/MamaHendo3/status/10778788849778689

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Laura H. said...

I have seen the movie "The Hours" (and was quite entertained by it) but have not read the book. I had no idea it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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Edna said...

The book seem to be really interesting, I am just getting into audio books so I would love to win one. I follow you on Google

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Benita said...

I find it interesting that it's full of "shocks and aftershocks."

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Benita said...

Ellen Kannar's Review in the Miami Herald was interesting.

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Benita said...

I'd like to read The Hours.

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Christine H said...

I've never read about like this, sounds like a very accomplished author too.
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Christine H said...

Donna Seaman, Booklist

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Christine H said...

http://twitter.com/#!/Romantic73/status/10995441755758592

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Christine H said...

http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=133244216732009&id=100000641625482

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Christine H said...

http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/chirth7/review/48263102/

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Christine H said...

I'd love to read The Hours

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Shirley said...

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Shirley said...

http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/shundelt45/review/48263233/

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Shirley said...

Jeanette Winterson, The New York Times Book Review:

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Shirley said...

I like to read the hours too.

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Jeff said...

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Jeff said...

Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe

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