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Winner of the Pulitzer prize, the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction, and nominated for 9 Academy Awards, The Hours is now available on Unabridged CD. Passionate, profound, and deeply moving, The Hours tells the story of three women: Clarissa Vaughan, who one New York morning goes about planning a party in honor of a beloved friend; Laura Brown, who in a 1950s Los Angeles suburb slowly begins to feel the constraints of a perfect family and home; and Virginia Woolf, recuperating with her husband in a London suburb and beginning to write Mrs. Dalloway. By the end of the novel, the stories have intertwined, and finally come together in an act of subtle and haunting grace, demonstrating Michael Cunningham’s deep empathy for his characters as well as the extraordinary resonance of his language.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The overall impression is that of a delicate, triumphant glance, an acknowledgement of Woolf that takes her into Cunningham’s own territory, a place of late-century danger but also of treasurable hours.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “An exquisitely written, kaleidoscopic work that anchors a floating postmodern world on pre-modern caissons of love, grief, and transcendent longing.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “[Cunningham] has deftly created something original, a trio of richly interwoven tales that alternate with one another chapter by chapter, each of them entering the thoughts of a character as she moves through the small details of a day…Cunningham’s emulation of such a revered writer as Woolf is courageous, and this is his most mature and masterful work.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “The triumph of The Hours is that it somehow manages to be both artful and sincere, striking nary a false note…And the triumph of the book is no less the triumph of its author. Just when it seemed that it was no longer permissible to pay respect to the literature of the past, Cunningham has done so with an undeniable skill and depth of feeling.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The Hours is in fact a lovely triumph. Cunningham honors both Mrs. Dalloway and its creator with unerring sensitivity, thanks to his modesty of intention and his sovereignly affecting prose…With his elliptical evocation of Mrs. Dalloway, he has managed to pay great but quiet tribute—reminding us of the gorgeous, ferocious beauty of what endures.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Cunningham writes beautifully about relationships, living and dying, and love…It’s hard not to audibly gasp with both pleasure and shock.”

    Detroit Free Press

  • “Luxurious…The Hours tells three interwoven stories; Woolf’s novel echoes through all of them in interesting and uncanny ways…Cunningham writes with an empathy that approaches Woolf’s.”


  • “Cunningham dazzles in his inspired The Hours.”

    Vanity Fair

  • “[A] fine novel…bringing to light the buried connection his three characters share, capturing in each the illuminating and transforming moment.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “[The Hours] is both a clever tribute to the life and work of Virginia Woolf, and a brilliant examination of the quietly desperate lives of three women.”

    Seattle Times

  • “His language is always on key, unfailing and measured, rich without sating, and haunting in the way Woolf’s is. It is resonant with the suggestiveness of suppressed desires and unexpressed needs.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Intricate…Richly imagined…A profoundly compassionate meditation on life and death.”


  • “[A] brilliant tour de force…His ending is surprising and stunning. This is a skillfully wrought novel thoroughly imbued with the spirit of Virginia Woolf and crafted in keeping with her rare excellence.”

    Miami Herald

  • “Brilliant…Haunting—winding skeins of words that, as they unspool, render vividly the three heroines’ complex interior lives.”

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  • “[A] remarkable new novel…A concise, brilliant rendering of three eras.”

    Minneapolis Star-Tribune

  • “Brilliant…It’s the work of a talented writer taking an adventurous plunge below the obvious surface of things. The Hours has the heft of flesh and blood, the subtlety of art.”

    Hartford Courant

  • “Rich and beautifully nuanced scenes follow one upon the other…[A] gargantuan accomplishment.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • Winner of the 1999 PEN/Faulkner Award
  • Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 1998 New York Times Notable Book for Fiction
  • A 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
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