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By Michael Cunningham

From Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Hours, comes this broadly praised novel of 2 boyhood pals: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and uncertain of himself; and Bobby, hip, darkish, and inarticulate. In big apple after university, Bobby strikes 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's homosexual, to father Clare's baby. Then, while Clare and Bobby have a toddler, the 3 flow to a small condo upstate to elevate "their" baby jointly and, with a wierd pal, Alice, create a brand new type of kin. A domestic on the finish of the World masterfully depicts the charged, fragile relationships of city existence today.

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Ll was Thea who opened g rudwngly 'howed them rn; bpedal'~ 11. Who resting, she sard She 'howcd them into the kitchen. The rwo T OM A S B I P B DA L women, the mothers, sat on opposite sides of the kitchen table. Thea said nothing, offered nothing, she wanted the other woman to go. Please would you wake my father, said Elly. I want him to see the boy. Thea didn't move. Then I'll go and wake him myself, said Elly. J ust you try it, said Thea. He's sleeping with the boy, with i\rnfinn, it would be best if you left, she said.

The CJUick beat of wings. Rain against the window, the wind in the tree~, someone standing in the room, he notices noth- ing of all this. \X' hat wa~ it he dreamt? A thick, rough sheer of paper with organic letters, small protuberances o n the paper, like congealed slime o r pressed flowers, wheat or co rn, but in black symbo ls, illegible and lovely, an uruntellig~ble beauty, line after line, charac- ter after character: the unwritten book. He dreamt o f the unwritten book. The book that would have everything in it.

Rain against the window, the wind in the tree~, someone standing in the room, he notices noth- ing of all this. \X' hat wa~ it he dreamt? A thick, rough sheer of paper with organic letters, small protuberances o n the paper, like congealed slime o r pressed flowers, wheat or co rn, but in black symbo ls, illegible and lovely, an uruntellig~ble beauty, line after line, charac- ter after character: the unwritten book. He dreamt o f the unwritten book. The book that would have everything in it. ; Jid book.

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