||In his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel THE HOURS, Michael Cunningham crafted a powerful multi-generational novel about three women whose lives were changed by Virginia Woolf's novel. In BY NIGHTFALL, published nearly 20 years later, Cunningham still revels in the messy ways that art can impact people's lives. This time his story involves a successful Manhattan art-world couple: art-dealer Peter Harris and editor Rebecca Harris. Cunningham portrays their lives in their SoHo loft as the apogee of the intelligently sexy urban lifestyle, the kind that gets glamorized in the movies and on TV. But, as is so often the case, even those that seem to have it all, can be dissatisfied. Peter's world gets severely shaken when Rebecca's younger brother comes to stay with them. Called by the family Mizzy, for "mistake," Ethan is a charming and attractive young man, whose troubles cause Peter to question everything about the world he has built for himself--professionally and personally. As Peter's attraction to Ethan grows, Cunningham unwinds a thoughtful meditation on what's important in life in relationship to aging and beauty.