The Snow Queen (Farrar Straus Giroux)
Skylight Books is very excited to welcome to Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours.
NOTE: We're expecting a big crowd for this event. As always, our events are free and open to the public, but we will be issuing numbered singing line tickets to keep the line organized (the number is your place in line). To get a ticket to go through the signing line, you must purchase a copy of The Snow Queen here at Skylight Books. Tickets will become available on the day the book is released -- May 6. You can purchase the book and get a ticket in our store, over the phone (at 323-660-1175), or on our website (just leave a note in the "order comments" field that you'd like a ticket). Members in our Friends with Benefits program get 20% off the event book and a ticket to the priority signing line, so sign up or mention your membership when you buy.
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.
Photo by Richard Phibbs