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Michael Cunningham

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Michael Cunningham was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and grew up in California. He received his B.A. in English literature from Stanford University and his M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Iowa. His novel A Home at the End of the World was published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 1990 to wide acclaim. A film version was directed by Michael Mayer, and featured Colin Farrell, Robin Wright Penn, Dallas Roberts and Sissy Spacek.

Genres: Literary Fiction
New Books
November 2023

   A Home at the End of the World (1990)
   Flesh and Blood (1995)
   The Hours (1998)
   Specimen Days (2005)
   By Nightfall (2010)
   Snow Queen (2014)
   Day (2023)
   A Wild Swan (2015)
Non fiction
   Land's End (2002)
   Jewels (2007) (with Connie Briscoe)
   A Tower in Tuscany (2021) (with Beatrice Monti Della Corte and Francois Halard)
Omnibus editions
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book winner (1999) : The Hours
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (1999) : The Hours
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2000) : The Hours

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