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A Bright Ray of Darkness

(2021)
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The blistering story of a young man making his Broadway debut in Henry IV just as his marriage implodes—an utterly transfixing book about art and love, fame and heartbreak from the acclaimed actor/writer/director.
 


Hawke’s first novel in nearly twenty years is 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 and raw, A Bright Ray of Darkness is a novel about shame and beauty and faith, and the moral power of art.
 

Genre: Literary Fiction

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February 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: A Bright Ray of Darkness
Author(s): Ethan Hawke
ISBN: 1-78515-259-9 / 978-1-78515-259-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann
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January 2021 : USA Hardback
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Title: A Bright Ray of Darkness: A novel
Author(s): Ethan Hawke
ISBN: 0-385-35238-7 / 978-0-385-35238-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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February 2022 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Bright Ray of Darkness
Author(s): Ethan Hawke
ISBN: 1-78609-149-6 / 978-1-78609-149-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Windmill Books
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March 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: A Bright Ray of Darkness: A novel (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Ethan Hawke
ISBN: 0-593-39658-8 / 978-0-593-39658-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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February 2021 : UK Paperback
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Title: A Bright Ray of Darkness
Author(s): Ethan Hawke
ISBN: 1-78515-260-2 / 978-1-78515-260-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: William Heinemann
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February 2021 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bright Ray of Darkness: A novel
Author(s): Ethan Hawke
ISBN: 1-5247-1200-0 / 978-1-5247-1200-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA
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February 2021 : UK Audio edition
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Title: A Bright Ray of Darkness
Author(s): Ethan Hawke
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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Title: A Bright Ray of Darkness: A Novel
Author(s): Ethan Hawke
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 2021 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: A Bright Ray of Darkness: A Novel
Author(s): Ethan Hawke
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February 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: A Bright Ray of Darkness
Author(s): Ethan Hawke
Publisher: Cornerstone Digital
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February 2021 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: A Bright Ray of Darkness: A novel
Author(s): Ethan Hawke
Publisher: Knopf
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