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ISBN13: 9780312202316
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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.

Review:

"Narrated from the alternating points of view of its four main characters, this novel redefines such traditional concepts as love, sex, and, most importantly, family. Cunningham focuses on the necessity for compromise between the old and the new, making room amidst the social and cultural chaos of the 8O's for those not-yet-dead domestic values of the 5O's. Displaying a remarkable gay sensibility, Cunningham follows his characters as they navigate a changed American landscape in their search for a new set of roots. This novel, Cunningham's first, is an uncommon achievement." Reviewed by Andrew Witmer, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

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"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." Los Angeles Times

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"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 Michael Cunningham's A Home at the End of the World." San Diego Tribune

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

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"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." The Boston Globe

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

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

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"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." The Los Angeles Times

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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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takesomeheart, September 30, 2011 (view all comments by takesomeheart)
This is one of my favorite books - a hard thing to say, considering I kind of feel like I'm being a horrible mother and choosing a favorite kid when it comes to choosing a favorite book - but from the very first sentence, this book gripped me. It's very character-driven book, a book in which you feel you get to know the protagonists, but at the same time, they remain entirely their own, they're never transparent... they're people. There's also something so tremendously beautiful about the language he uses which makes this book a pleasure to read. It's thoughtful and sad and just gorgeous - I highly, highly recommend it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312202316
Author:
Cunningham, Michael
Publisher:
Picador USA
Author:
Cunningham
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Parent and child
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Contemporary
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Male friendship
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Gay men -- New York (State) -- Fiction.
Subject:
Triangles
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-Family Life
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
19981131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Product details 352 pages Picador USA - English 9780312202316 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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 Michael Cunningham's A Home at the End of the World."
"Review" by , "Lyrical...Memorable and accomplished."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Cunningham has written a novel that all but reads itself."
"Review" by , "Luminous with the wonders and anxieties that make childhood mysterious...A Home at the End of the World is a remarkable accomplishment."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by ,
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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