By Nightfall is told from the point of view of Peter Harris, a middle-aged gallery owner struggling with ennui in his career and relationships, and beginning to question his sexual identity when his wife’s beautiful (very), young, and possibly drug addicted brother comes to live with them.
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- What were your general impressions of the book?
- Is this a book you would have read had you not been reading it for a book club?
- Did you find the title to be an appropriate one for the novel? Did it shape your experience and thoughts while reading? And if so, how?
- Sex and sexual identity play a pivotal role in the novel. What does it mean in each character’s relationships and how does it influence their interactions? Are their differences in how sexuality is expressed as the characters age?
- What surprised you most about reading By Nightfall? Is there a person in the book you would most like to meet? What would you want to discuss with them?
- What would you identify as some of the main themes in this novel, and what was your take on the way they were presented? Did you find there were any messages the author was trying to convey?
- Peter is as much in love with Rebecca as he is with her upbringing and family. What’s the appeal for him and how has this changed over the years?
- What kinds of questions did you have during your reading? Were they answered?
- What questions did you have for the group?
12 review copies of By Nightfall were provided by Picador Books in order to facilitate this discussion. Thank you so much!