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    DescriptionA darkly luminous new novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Hours " Michael Cunningham's luminous 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. 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 Cunningham is one of the great novelists of his generation.


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    Title
    The Snow Queen
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Michael Cunningham
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 258
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780374266325
    ISBN 10: 0374266328
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11110
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: TOPC/FAMILY
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    DC22: 813/.54
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC045000
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    B&T Approval Code: P26100000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC classification: PS3553.U484 S62 2014
    Thema V1.0: FB
    Publisher
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Imprint name
    Farrar Straus Giroux
    Publication date
    06 May 2014
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    Praise for "The Snow Queen" "Regardless of your theological position on signs and wonders, that voice, Cunningham's inimitable style, is the real miracle of "The Snow Queen." Sentence by sentence . . . he moves across the surface of these pages like some suave, literary god. Behold how he swoops in and out of Tyler's point of view, breaks the fourth wall, drops ironical quips, mocks and comforts in the same phrase . . . He writes so wisely about the cruel taunting of remission and the way illness both deepens and frays romantic relationships, endowing the dying with a kind of security and purpose that healthy people crave. His portrayal of the once-blessed Meeks brothers, raised in expectation of fame and riches they'll never attain--not even close--is full of affecting pathos." --Ron Charles, "The Washington Post""Michael Cunningham's resonant new novel . . . is arguably [his] most original and emotionally piercing book to date. It's a novel that does not rely heavily on literary allusions and echoes for its power--a story that showcases the author's strengths as a writer . . . while creating a potent portrait of two brothers and their urgent midlife yearning to find some sense of purpose and belonging . . . He artfully allows the reader direct access to [his characters'] hearts and minds by using his gift for empathy and his own brand of stream of consciousness . . . A the same time, Mr. Cunningham provides an impressionistic portrait of Brooklyn, circa 2004, and of the East Village, some four years later . . . These snapshots attest to his ability to give us an intimate sense of his characters' daily lives, while situating their hopes and dreams within the context of two moments in history already slipping by." --Michiko Kakutani, "The New York Times""[T]he pursuit of transcendence in all kinds of forms--music, drugs, a McQueen minidress, and those things less tangible but no less powerfully felt--drives Michael Cunningham's best novel in more than a decade