By Nightfall

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By Nightfall
First Edition cover
Author Michael Cunningham
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date
October, 2010
Pages 256 pp
ISBN 978-0-374-29908-8

By Nightfall is the sixth novel by Pulitzer Prize winning American author Michael Cunningham.


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.

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