A Home at the End of the World
Publication Date: July 2004
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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
M ichael Cunningham’s celebrated novel is the story 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 create a new kind of family. A Home at the End of the World masterfully depicts the charged, fragile relationships of urban life today.
Michael Cunningham is the author of two other novels, Flesh and Blood and The Hours. He lives in New York.
Blair Brown has narrated a number of audiobooks, including works by John Grisham, Michael Cunningham, Stephen King, and Anne Tyler. Brown is an accomplished theater, film, and television actress. She has acted in numerous films, including The Astronaut’s Wife, The Sentinel, Space Cowboys, Loverboy, and Continental Divide, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Brown’s stage work includes acting in the Tony Award-winning play Copenhagen on Broadway.
"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