Author Lily Brooks-Dalton joined us for a conversation on the book-to-screen adaptation of her major debut success Good Morning, Midnight, which was lauded by Colson Whitehead as the best book he read in 2016. She was joined in conversation by screenwriter Mark L. Smith and producer Grant Heslov, who both helped transform the novel into the film The Midnight Sky. Anna Pitoniak (Necessary People), who edited Good Morning, Midnight, moderated.
The post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home amidst a mysterious global catastrophe. Clooney also directed the Netflix adaptation of the novel.
Presented in collaboration with Netflix.
Good Morning, Midnight
By Lily Brooks-Dalton
Published by Random House
Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, news of a catastrophic event arrives. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes that the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone.
At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space, and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success. But when Mission Control falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crewmates are forced to wonder if they will ever get home.
As Augustine and Sully each face an uncertain future against forbidding yet beautiful landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected conclusion. In crystalline prose, Good Morning, Midnight poses the most important questions: What endures at the end of the world? How do we make sense of our lives? Lily Brooks-Dalton’s captivating debut is a meditation on the power of love and the bravery of the human heart.