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Early Praise for In One Person

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“His most daringly political, sexually transgressive, and moving novel in well over a decade.”
— Vanity Fair

“A brave and hugely affecting depiction of how in one life (sexual and otherwise) we contain multitudes.” — Elle

“A rich and absorbing book, even beautiful…In One Person marks a milestone for Irving, a tipping point, to use that ruined phrase: From now on, the truly deviant will be the ones—the scowling churchmen and reprobates who cast everyone into hell—who cease to live their own lives while telling everybody else how to live theirs.” — Esquire

“This tender exploration of nascent desire, of love and loss, manages to be sweeping, brilliant, political, provocative, tragic, and funny–it is precisely the kind of astonishing alchemy we associate with a John Irving novel. The unfolding of the AIDS epidemic in the United States in the ’80s was the defining moment for me as a physician. With my patients’ deaths, almost always occurring in the prime of life, I would find myself cataloging the other losses–namely, what these people might have offered society had they lived the full measure of their days: their art, their literature, the children they might have raised. In One Person is the novel that for me will define that era. A profound truth is arrived at in these pages. It is Irving at his most daring, at his most ambitious. It is America and American writing, both at their very best.”       –Abraham Verghese

In One Person is a novel that makes you proud to be human. It is a book that not only accepts but also loves our differences. From the beginning of his career, Irving has always cherished our peculiarities–in a fierce, not a saccharine, way. Now he has extended his sympathies–and ours–still further into areas that even the misfits eschew. Anthropologists say that the interstitial–whatever lies between two familiar opposites–is usually declared either taboo or sacred. John Irving in this magnificent novel–his best and most passionate since The World According to Garp–has sacralized what lies between polarizing genders and orientations. And have I mentioned it is also a gripping page-turner and a beautifully constructed work of art?” — Edmund White