AUTHOR: Michael Cunningham
PUBLISHER: Picador USA
AWARDS: Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1999), Stonewall Book Award for Literature (1999), PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (1999), Ferro-Grumley Award for Gay Fiction (1999), National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (1998), Premio Grinzane Cavour for Narrativa Straniera (2000), International Dublin Literary Award Nominee for Shortlist (2000)
Michael Cunningham draws on the life and work of Virginia Woolf to tell the story of a group of contemporary characters struggling with the conflicting claims of love and inheritance, hope and despair. The narrative of Woolf’s last days before her suicide early in World War II counterpoints the fictional stories of Samuel, a famous poet whose life has been shadowed by his talented and troubled mother, and his lifelong friend Clarissa, who strives to forge a balanced and rewarding life in spite of the demands of friends, lovers, and family.
Multiple main characters (Clarissa and Richard) are attracted to multiple genders.
Paperback. Purchased used by the library with founder’s funds.