"A Home at the End of the World" is a sensitive, thoughtful and intelligent story of two friends growing up in the late 60s and 70s and the woman with whom they form an unconventional relationship in 1980s New York. The book's themes are the search for self and for family and home. It's a book that keeps you involved and stays with you after it has ended - and that makes you think about your own relationships and family.
The writing is quite beautiful with super evocations of place, from the bohemian buzz of New York to the endless Arizona desert. The characters are well-formed, credible and involving. My own personal preference was for the characters of Jonathan and his mother Alice over Bobby and Clare. I felt that the character of Clare lost something through us not being able to "experience" her early life directly. Consequently, one felt more distanced from her and she seemed more enigmatic, although this could well have been the author's intention.
Parts of the book are very moving - I found Jonathan's relationship with his father particularly poignant but I didn't find it depressing. Ultimately, it is a study of what it means to be human.