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A Home at the End of the World       Paperback : 352 pages
Published by Picador
July 1, 2004
A Home at the End of the World       Hardcover : 342 pages
Published by Farrar,
Straus & Giroux

October 1, 1990
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A Home at the End of the World

Paperback : 352 pages
Published by Picador
November 15, 1998

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.

The film adaptation of A Home at the End of the World premiered in July 2004. Directed by Michael Mayer, with the screenplay by Michael Cunningham, the movie stars Sissy Spacek, Robin Wright Penn, Colin Farrell, and Dallas Roberts.


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Reviews for A Home at the End of the World:
The Boston Globe:
"Novels don't come more deeply felt than Michael Cunningham's extraordinary four-character study . . . The writing [is] a constant pleasure, flowing and yet dense with incisive images and psychological nuance."

Los Angeles Times:
"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 San Diego Union-Tribune:
"Once in a great while, there appears a novel so spellbinding in its beauty and sensitivity that the reader devours it nearly whole, in 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."

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

The Cleveland Plain Dealer:
"A touching contemporary story . . . This novel is full of precise treasures . . . A Home at the End of the World is the issue of an original talent."

Detroit Free Press:
"Beautiful . . . This is a fine work, one of grace and great sympathy."

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

Newsday:
"Fragile and elegant . . . Cunningham employs all his talents, and they are considerable, to try to map out our contemporary emotional terrain."

Charleston Sunday News and Courier:
"Exquisitely written . . . lyrical . . . An important book."