A Home at the End of the World

A Novel

Michael Cunningham

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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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, Clare, a veteran of the city's erotic wars. 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, fragile relationships of urban life today.

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"Bobby"

Once our father bought a convertible. Don't ask me. I was five, He bought it and drove it home as casually as he'd bring a gallon of rocky road. Picture our mother's surprise. She kept rubber bands on the doorknobs. She washed old plastic bags and hung them on the line to dry, a string of thrifty tame jellyfish floating in the sun. Imagine her scrubbing the cheese smell out of a plastic bag on its third or fourth go round when our father pulls up in a Chevy convertible, used but nevertheless--a moving metal landscape, chrome bumpers and what looks like acres of molded silver car-flesh.

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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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"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 [this one]."—Sherry Rosenthal, 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, 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, The Los Angeles Times

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Michael Cunningham

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
A Novel
Michael Cunningham

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e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
August 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780374707590
ISBN10: 0374707596
344 pages
$9.99

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Macmillan Audio
July 2004
Abridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593975562
ISBN10: 1593975562
Audio Run Time: 7:30
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July 2004
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593973919
ISBN10: 1593973918
Audio Run Time: 12:00
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Picador
November 1998
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312202316
ISBN10: 0312202318
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 352 pages
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