The Great Night by Chris Adrian

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Acclaimed as a "gifted, courageous writer"(The New York Times), Chris Adrian brings all his extraordinary talents to bear in The Great Night--a brilliant and mesmerizing retelling of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."


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.

 

About Chris Adrian

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Selected by the New Yorker as one of the '20 Under 40', Chris Adrian is the author of Gob's Grief, The Children's Hospital, A Better Angel and The Great Night. He works as a paediatrician, living in New York and San Francisco.
 
Published April 26, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 316 pages
Genres: Other, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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The New York Times

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Chris Adrian’s novel is a loose retelling of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” set in contemporary San Francisco.

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AV Club

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The author of The Children’s Hospital updates A Midsummer Night’s Dream in this novel, but loses sight of the humor among all the breast-beating anguish.

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Los Angeles Times

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Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is riffed on in a tale of the natural and supernatural intermingling in San Francisco.

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The Independent

A Midsummer Night's Dream has been reworked many times and one must admire Adrian's audacity for having a crack at it too.

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Washington Independent Review of Books

Puck informs us that Queen Titania “never had so sweet a changeling.” The boy sparks King Oberon’s jealous wrath in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” — an offstage but essential catalyst for all that follows.

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Tampa Bay Times

Young Arthur is not a Shakespeare fan, although he wants to be a writer himself — at one point, he declares that "the real greatest writer in English literature" is Arthur Conan Doyle.

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Bookmarks Magazine

The Great Night is a contemporary retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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The New Yorker

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Time Out New York

Meanwhile, three similarly heartbroken humans become lost in San Francisco's Buena Vista Park, which, unbeknownst to them, is located directly above the faerie kingdom.

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Full Stop

Almost all of these backstories feel integral to the story as a whole and one – a long chapter describing a changeling’s death from cancer and Titania and Oberon’s time in the hospital ward – would work brilliantly as a standalone piece despite being a perfect distillation of the novel’s strength...

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UTNE

In an interview at the quarterly literary magazine InDigest*, Dustin Nelson talks with Arthur Phillips and John Reed, two authors with “a similarly pragmatic love of Shakespeare,” while at The Paris Review, Sam Maclaughlin talks with Chris Adrian, author of The Great Night—A Midsummer Night’s Dre...

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