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A Bright Ray of Darkness
A novel
By (author): Ethan Hawke
9780385352383 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary Feb 02, 2021
$36.95 CAD
Active 6.39 x 9.52 x 0.99 in | 1.18 lb 256 pages Alfred A. Knopf Knopf
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.
 

AUTHOR: Nominated for an Academy Award for Boyhood, Hawke has shown tremendous longevity as an actor, writer, and director, and interest in him has never been higher. His career has exploded since the publication of his last novel. He will be a tremendous subject for radio and print features and an expert promoter.

NEW YORKER PROFILE: John Lahr has a profile of Hawke in the works that will generate even greater attention.

TRACK: His charming fable Rules for a Knight has sold 100,000 copies.

SENSATIONAL NOVEL: A Bright Ray of Darkness is gripping, raw, sexy, funny, intensely emotional—a lacerating, no-holds-barred portrait of an actor wrestling with divorce in a relentlessly public realm as he tries to deliver the performance of a lifetime.

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.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

Author Hometown: Austin, TX

Marketing: Extensive Online Advertising Campaign on top news, lifestyle, literary, and entertainment sites

Major Facebook and Instagram Campaign targeting fans of Ethan Hawke and authors such as Cheryl Strayed, Stephanie Danler, Trevor Noah, and others

Early Reader Review Campaign

Social Promotion on Author Platforms (FB: 664K, IG: 330K)

Big-Mouth Outreach

Co-Promotion of Audiobook with PRH Audio

Early Reader Review Campaign

Library Marketing Campaign



Publicity: National Media Attention, including a morning show, daytime talk shows, late-night shows, and NPR

Women’s and Men’s Magazine Coverage

Coverage in and on entertainment publications and sites

Online Interviews, Reviews, and Literary Blog Coverage

National Review Attention

Author Events

“Explores the demands of acting and the delusions of manhood with tremendous verve and insight...the work of an author who knows every aspect of the profession from the inside... Hawke is a genius at conjuring the hush of the auditorium, the thrill of live actors, the magical sense of a performance moving through time. He’s written a witty, wise, and heartfelt novel... a deeply hopeful story... Bravo.”
—Ron Charles, The Washington Post

"[Hawke's] writing evokes both the beauty and tawdriness of New York. And he teaches the reader a lot about theater... an engaging book for those who love theater and Shakespeare."
The Christian Science Monitor

“Ethan Hawke is a true writer and his duality as an artist is skillfully 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

“A brilliant insider's account of the joys and terrors of acting, the trials of celebrity, and the secrets of Henry IV.”
Kirkus Reviews

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