The City of Your Final Destination (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, May 11, 2010 - Fiction - 320 pages
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A wryly humorous, impeccably observed novel about the capriciousness of love

Omar Razaghi posts a letter on September 13, 1995 that will change the course of his life forever. A doctoral student at the University of Kansas, he writes to the estate of the Latin American author Jules Gund, requesting permission to write Gund's authorized biography. His request is refused, but Omar has already accepted a fellowship from the university, and with his girlfriend's vehement encouragement, he goes in person to Uruguay to petition to Gund's three executors. Although Caroline Gund, Jules' wife, and Arden Langdon, Jules' mistress and mother of his child, are initially opposed to the idea of a biography, Omar has the support of Adam, Jules' older brother, and hopes to be able to persuade the two women. Omar's unexpected arrival in Uruguay reverberates through this odd and isolated little family group, and his stay in the languid, dreamy Ochos Rios makes him question his former life in Kansas, and his ability-even his desire-to write an "authorized" life.

A novel about the random nature of love, and the ways in which we confront or avoid life's choices, The City of Your Final Destination is a touching, clever and wonderfully comic fourth novel from Peter Cameron.


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User Review  - Kathleen - Goodreads

After seeing the movie, I wanted to compare it to the book. Of course the book was better, and several critical things in the movie were changed, that didn't seem to change the plot at all, and made ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maria - Goodreads

Watched the film first before reading. Just as in the film, my favorite characters are Adam Gund and Caroline Gund. But all of the characters grow on you. I mean, I wouldn't mind living with these people... to me, they're just so fascinating. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Peter Cameron is the author of The Weekend and Andorra. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Grand Street, and The Paris Review. He lives in New York City.

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