The Hours

By Michael Cunningham

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On a gray suburban London morning in 1923, Virginia Woolf awakens from a dream that will soon lead to Mrs. Dalloway. In the present, on a beautiful June day in Greenwich Village, 52-year-old Clarissa Vaughan is planning a party for her oldest love, a poet dying of AIDS. And in Los Angeles in 1949, Laura Brown, pregnant and unsettled, does her best to prepare for her husband's birthday, but can't seem to stop reading Woolf. In 1999, Cunningham was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for this novel.

On Film:
Nicole Kidman won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in the 2002 film adaptation of Cunningham's novel. Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore also star in this movie.

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