Provincetown, one of the most idiosyncratic and extraordinary towns in the United States, perched on the sandy tip at the end of Cape Cod, has been amenable and intriguing to outsiders for as long as it has existed. 'It is one of the places in the world you can disappear into. It is the Morocco of North America, the New Orleans of the north.' Michael Cunningham first came to the place more than twenty years ago, falling in love with the haunted beauty of its seascape and the rambunctious charm of its denizens. As well as a summer mecca of stunning beaches, quirky shops, and wild nightlife, and a popular destination for gay men and lesbians, it is also a place of deep and enduring history, artistic and otherwise. Few towns have attracted such an impressive array of artists and writers - from Tennessee Williams to Eugene O'Neill, Mark Rothko to Robert Motherwell - who, like Cunningham, were attracted to this finger of land because it was...different. As we follow Cunningham on his various excursions through Provincetown and its surrounding landscape, we are drawn into its history, its mysteries, its peculiarities - places you won't read about in any conventional travel guide.
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During his first visit to Provincetown in his twenties, after being awarded a writer's fellowship, Michael Cunningham decided that he didn't like the place, but then gradually began to fall for the town. Hideously crowded in the summer season, sparsely populated in the long winter months, situated on the very tip of Cape Cod, almost seeming to float on a sandbank, it is easy to see how someone could hold ambivalent feelings about Provincetown. With this book, it becomes clear that the author's initial unease has long since developed into great and enduring affection. In a series of themed excursions, Cunningham discusses and describes various aspects of Provincetown life, from the physical character of Long Point, Salt Marsh, Herring Cove and the Dunes to the social and sexual life of the town -- which has long been a popular destination for gay men and lesbians, perhaps attracted to its tangible sense of difference. A deeply personal view of an unusual town, which in its poetic language and sharp observation combine to make a richly delineated portrait that is more love song than travel guide and all the better for it. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Michael Cunningham
Michael Cunningham is the author of Flesh and Blood, A Home at the End of the World, and The Hours, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and now a major film. He is currently a Professor of creative writing at Yale University.