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A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham
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Oct 02, 2011

really liked it

Most humans need family, but that family needn't be a grouping of parents and cbildren. Humans need love as well, but it need not be sexual. Most humans want sex as well, heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual, but sex is apart from love.

Cunningham has written an elegant and heartbreaking novel of both the breakup of family and the formation of a new one,"new" in all its meanings. The new family is bonded by love, each love different from the other. There are parental love, children's love, love between friends, love with sex and without it..

There are also compassion and caring. There is much to rejoice about in this novel, but also much to cry about. Ultimately, there is loneliness. Life gets meaning by doing for others

The characters are so well drawn, I wish Cunnlingham had written a sequel or at least an addendum that ells what happened to Bobby, Jonathan and Clare
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