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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780385352383
  • ISBN: 0385352387
  • Physical Description: 237 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2021.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"This is a Borzoi book" -- title page verso.
Summary, etc.:
Hawke's narrator is a young man in torment, disgusted with himself after the collapse of his marriage, still half-hoping for a reconciliation that would allow him to forgive himself and move on as he clumsily, and sometimes hilariously, tries to manage the wreckage of his personal life with whiskey and sex. What saves him is theater: in particular, the challenge of performing the role of Hotspur in a production of Henry IV under the leadership of a brilliant director, helmed by one of the most electrifying--and narcissistic--Falstaffs of all time. A novel about shame and beauty and faith, and the moral power of art.
"The first novel in nearly twenty years from the acclaimed actor/writer/director is a book about art and love, fame and heartbreak--a blistering story of a young man making his Broadway debut in Henry IV just as his marriage implodes. A bracing meditation on fame and celebrity, and the redemptive, healing power of art; a portrait of the ravages of disappointment and divorce; a poignant consideration of the rites of fatherhood and manhood; a novel soaked in rage and sex, longing and despair, and a passionate love letter to the world of theater, A Bright Ray of Darkness showcases Ethan Hawke's gifts as a novelist as never before. Hawke's narrator is a young man in torment, disgusted with himself after the collapse of his marriage, still half-hoping for a reconciliation that would allow him to forgive himself and move on as he clumsily, and sometimes hilariously, tries to manage the wreckage of his personal life with whiskey and sex. What saves him is theater: in particular, the challenge of performing the role of Hotspur in a production of Henry IV under the leadership of a brilliant director, helmed by one of the most electrifying--and narcissistic--Falstaff's of all time. Searing, raw, and utterly transfixing, A Bright Ray of Darkness is a novel about shame and beauty and faith, and the moral power of art"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 December #2
    Hollywood actor Hawke follows his fable-like novel, Rules for a Knight (2015), with this intriguing character study of faith, masculinity, and celebrity. With similarities to Hawke's own life story, film actor William Harding seemingly self-destructs by cheating on his beautiful wife, a rock icon. Kicked out of the family home, he now lives in the Mercury Hotel in New York. He drinks and smokes to distract himself from both his personal troubles and his anxiety about playing Hotspur in an ambitious Broadway production of Shakespeare's Henry IV. He is also consumed by worry about his two young children, his voice, and whether he can succeed on the stage as he has on the screen. William has a tragicomic lack of self-awareness. He is a 32-year-old with the mentality of Holden Caulfield and is not helped by the contradictory advice he receives from other self-obsessed actors in the production. While hampered by some clunky analogies, Hawke's novel is nonetheless an enthralling portrayal of a beleaguered actor's struggles to balance his life and the physical and mental toll of a Broadway production. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

A four-time Academy Award nominee, twice for writing and twice for acting, ETHAN HAWKE has starred in the films Dead Poets Society, Reality Bites, Gattaca, and Training Day, as well as Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise trilogy and Boyhood. He is the author of Rules for a Knight, The Hottest State, and Ash Wednesday. He lives in Brooklyn with his four children and his wife.

Subject: Actors > Fiction.
Theater > Psychological aspects > Fiction.
FICTION / Literary.
FICTION / Urban.
Actors.
Theater > Psychological aspects.
Genre: Domestic fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Fiction.
Novels.
Domestic fiction.
Novels.

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