Title Profile & Character Information

The Hours

Annotation
A daring, deeply affecting third novel by the author of A Home at the End of the Worldand Flesh and Blood.

In The Hours, Michael Cunningham, widely praised as one of the most gifted writers of his generation, draws inventively 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 hislifelong friend Clarissa, who strives to forge a balanced and rewarding life in spite of the demands of friends, lovers, and family.

Passionate, profound, and deeply moving, this is Cunningham's most remarkable achievement to date. The Hoursis the winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

Awards
1999  PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
1998  New York Times Notable Books of the Year
1999  Pulitzer Prize
1999  Stonewall Book Awards
2000  American Library Association Notable Books
1999  Publishing Triangle Awards

Characters
NameWoolf, Virginia
GenderFemale
OccupationWriter
TraitsMarried
Mentally ill

NameBrown, Laura
GenderFemale
OccupationHousewife
TraitsMarried
Mother
Pregnant

NameVaughan, Clarissa
GenderFemale
TraitsBisexual
Partnered
Mother

GenreHistorical
Biographical
Psychological
Cinematization
Fiction
TopicsHusbands and wives
Friendship
Coping skills
Mental illness
AIDS
Suicide
SettingLondon, England
Los Angeles, California
Greenwich Village, New York