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The Great Night

A Novel

By Chris Adrian

The Great Night
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2011,
    304 pages.

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On Midsummer Eve 2008, three people, each on the run from a failed relationship, become trapped in San Francisco's Buena Vista Park, the secret home of Titania, Oberon, and their court. On this night, something awful is happening in the faerie kingdom: in a fit of sadness over the end of her marriage, which broke up in the wake of the death of her adopted son, Titania has set loose an ancient menace, and the chaos that ensues will threaten the lives of immortals and mortals alike.

Selected by The New Yorker as one the best young writers in America, Adrian has created a singularly playful, heartbreaking, and humorous novel - a story that charts the borders between reality and dreams, love and magic, and mortality and immortality.

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"The book contains flashes of what makes this writer great, but he has better work in him." - Publishers Weekly

"Inventive and scarily beautiful, this could wipe out casual readers, but it is an extraordinary novel." - Library Journal

"In his previous work, Adrian did a better job of balancing loss and death with fantasy and the supernatural. [In The Great Night] there is careful patterning but no unifying sensibility." - Kirkus Reviews

"The Great Night - by turns brilliant, cruel, tenderhearted, visionary, poetic, and profane - is Adrian's ambitious attempt to fetch from his own imagination what Shakespeare referred to as 'jewels from the deep.'" - Elle Magazine

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Chris Adrian Author Biography

Chris Adrian was born in Washington, D.C. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he is currently a medical student in Virginia. Part of this novel first appeared in The New Yorker under the title 'Every Night for a Thousand Years' and was subsequently collected in Best American Short Stories 1998. His fiction has also appeared in The Paris Review, Zoetrope, Ploughshares, and Story.

Mr. Adrian lives in San Francisco, where he is a fellow in pediatric hematology-oncology.

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