Review: A Home at the End of the World — Michael Cunningham

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Book List:
41. The Winter Palace — Eva Stachniak
42. Lost Light — Michael Connelly
43. Echo Park — Michael Connelly
44. Hilarity Ensues — Tucker Max
45. A Home at the End of the World — Michael Cunningham

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.

As you may recall, I’ve read two other Michael Cunningham books and really enjoyed both of them. Unfortunately, A Home at the End of the World fell really flat for me. It was a whole lot of characterization without much plot. I felt like I was wading through depths of description without much action to tide me along.

I just can’t waste another second on this book. It’s too draining. I’m off to read better things.

Next book: something mercifully short.

– Kelsey

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