A Home at the End of the World A Novel

Michael Cunningham

Picador

0312202318

9780312202316

Trade Paperback

352 Pages

$17.00

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From Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hours, comes this widely praised novel of two boyhood friends: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and unsure of himself; and Bobby, hip, dark, and inarticulate. In New York after college, Bobby moves in with Jonathan and his roommate, the alluring Clare. Bobby and Clare fall in love, scuttling the plans of Jonathan, who is gay, to father Clare's child. Then, when Clare and Bobby have a baby, the three move to a small house upstate to raise "their" child together and, with an odd friend, Alice, create a new kind of family. A Home at the End of the World masterfully depicts the charged yet fragile relationships of urban life today.

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"Lyrical . . . Memorable and accomplished."—The New York Times Book Review

"Novels don't come more deeply felt than Cunningham's extraordinary four-character study . . . The writing [is] a constant pleasure, flowing and yet dense with incisive images and psychological nuance."—Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe

"The story of Jonathan, Clare, Bobby, and Alice is also the story of the 70's and 80's in America—and vice versa. It is destined to last."—David Leavitt, author of The Marble Quilt

"Cunningham has written a novel that all but reads itself."—The Washington Post Book World

"Once in a great while, there appears a novel so spellbinding in its beauty and sensitivity that the reader devours it nearly whole, in great greedy gulps, and feels stretched sore afterwards, having been expanded and filled. Such a book is [A Home at the End of the World]."—Sherry Rosenthal, The San Diego Tribune

"Luminous with the wonders and anxieties that make childhood mysterious . . . A Home at the End of the World is a remarkable accomplishment."—Laura Frost, San Francisco Review

"Brilliant and satisfying . . . As good as anything I've read in years . . . Hope in the midst of tragedy is a fragile thing, and Cunningham carries it with masterful care."—Gayle Kidder, The San Diego Union

"Exquisitely written . . . Lyrical . . . An important book."—Charleston Sunday News and Courier

"Cunningham writes with power and delicacy . . . We come to feel that we know Jonathan, Bobby, and Clare as if we lived with them; yet each one retains the mystery that in people is called soul, and in fiction is called art."—Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times

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Michael Cunningham is "one of our very best writers" (Richard Eder, The Los Angeles Times). An excerpt from A Home at the End of the World was published in The New Yorker, chosen for Best American Short Stories 1989, and featured on NPR's Selected Shorts. He is the author of two other novels, Flesh and Blood and The Hours. He lives in New York.
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  • A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham--Audiobook Excerpt

    Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Michael Cunningham's novel A Home at the End of the World, read by Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Blair Brown, and Jennifer Van Dyck. For the first time, an audio production is available of Michael Cunningham's critically acclaimed novel—published to coincide with the release of the feature film starring Colin Farrell and Dallas Roberts.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Michael Cunningham

  • Michael Cunningham was raised in Los Angeles and lives in New York City. He is the bestselling author of The Hours, which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film; A Home at the End of the World; Laws for Creations; Specimen Days; Flesh and Blood; and By Nightfall.  He is the recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award. He is a Professor at Brooklyn College for the M.F.A program.

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