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