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A Bright Ray of Darkness - Ethan Hawke

A Bright Ray of Darkness - Ethan Hawke

Title: A Bright Ray of Darkness

Author:  Ethan Hawke

ISBN:  9781785152597

Weight:  757 g

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A Bright Ray of Darkness by Ethan Hawke

The first novel in nearly twenty years from the acclaimed actor/writer/director, A Bright Ray of Darkness is a book about art and love, fame and heartbreak - a blistering story of a young man making his Broadway debut 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 theatre, 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 whisky and sex.  What saves him is the theatre: in particular, the challenge of performing Shakespeare in his Broadway debut under the leadership of a brilliant director.  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.

Peer & Press Reviews

Ethan Hawke is a true writer and his duality as an artist is skilfully reflected in A Bright Ray of Darkness.  Hawke circles, descends, and crawls into his characters skin.  Grimy shadows pass over the footlights, into the bowels of the theatre, where a struggling actor, perhaps mirroring the writer, seeks the vine of redemption, and claws his way into becoming.  Bright Ray is a riveting work.

Patti Smith

William is the star of this vivid drama from Ethan Hawke… this is ultimately a book about the transcendent value of great art… it communicates a real power.

Sunday Times

Ethan Hawke has got a lot of nerve.  But he’s also got a lot of talent…  What’s most irritating about A Bright Ray of Darkness is that it’s really good…  I want to be immune to Hawke’s charms, but I admit it: He’s written a witty, wise and heartfelt novel about a spoiled young man growing up and becoming, haltingly, a better person.  A Bright Ray of Darkness is a deeply hopeful story about the possibility of rising above one’s narcissism.  Bravo.

Ron Charles, Washington Post

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title A Bright Ray of Darkness
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Jacket note On the front of the jacket is a ‘signed copy’ sticker (see image).  As the paper used for the jacket has a SuperMatt laminate finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the tipped-in title page
Book Stats
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint William Heinemann
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Elcograf S.p.A.
ISBN 13 9781785152597
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 237
Size (h x w x d) 224 x 144 x 27mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Brigitte Lacombe
Jacket images Shutterstock

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