The Hours: A Novel

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Macmillan, Nov 9, 2002 - Fiction - 229 pages
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The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel becomes a motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, and Nicole Kidman, directed by Stephen Daldry from a screenplay by David Hare

The Hours tells the story of three women: Virginia Woolf, beginning to write Mrs. Dalloway as she recuperates in a London suburb with her husband in 1923; Clarissa Vaughan, beloved friend of an acclaimed poet dying from AIDS, who in modern-day New York is planning a party in his honor; and Laura Brown, in a 1949 Los Angeles suburb, who slowly begins to feel the constraints of a perfect family and home. By the end of the novel, these three stories intertwine in remarkable ways, and finally come together in an act of subtle and haunting grace. The Hours is the winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
  

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For readers who want another experience of an author turning a real writer into a fictional character, consider suggesting Cunningham's multiple-award-winning novel of Virginia Woolf. With astounding ... Read full review

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This is one of the best books I've ever read. I'm also a huge fan of Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, which inspired the book. So many literary works lack plot in lieu of beautiful prose/intense ... Read full review

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Contents

Mrs Dalloway
Mrs Woolf
19
Mrs Brown
37
Mrs Dalloway
49
Mrs Woolf
69
Mrs Brown
75
Mrs Woolf
81
Mrs Dalloway
89
Mrs Woolf
153
Mrs Dalloway
155
Mrs Woolf
163
Mrs Dalloway
173
Mrs Brown
187
Mrs Dalloway
195
Mrs Brown
205
Mrs Woolf
209

Mrs Brown
99
Mrs Woolf
113
Mrs Dalloway
123
Mrs Brown
141
Mrs Brown
213
Mrs Dalloway
217
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About the author (2002)

Michael Cunningham was raised in Los Angeles and lives in New York City. He is the author of the novels A Home at the End of the World (Picador) and Flesh and Blood. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and Best American Short Stories, and he is the recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award. The Hours was a New York Times Bestseller, and was chosen as a Best Book of 1998 by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Publishers Weekly.

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