In One Person

In One Person

Amazon • Barnes & Noble • IndieBoundPowell's "I'm going to begin by telling you about Miss Frost." A personal introduction of In One Person from John Irving. In One Person is about a young bisexual man who falls in love with an older transgender woman—Miss Frost, the librarian in a Vermont public library.  ...

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Last Night in Twisted River

Last Night in Twisted River

Amazon • Barnes & Noble •  IndieBound • Powell's "The young Canadian, who could not have been more than fifteen, had hesitated too long." So begins John Irving's twelfth novel,  Last Night in Twisted River.  In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New ...

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Until I Find You

Until I Find You

Amazon • Barnes & Noble • IndieBound • Powell’s “According to his mother, Jack Burns was an actor before he was an actor, but Jack’s most vivid memories of childhood were those moments when he felt compelled to hold his mother’s hand. He wasn’t acting then.” John Irving’s eleventh novel, Until I Find ...

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The Fourth Hand

The Fourth Hand

AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBoundPowell’s "Imagine a young man on his way to a less-than-thirty second event — the loss of his left hand, long before he reached middle age." The Fourth Hand asks an interesting question: “How can anyone identify a dream ...

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My Movie Business

My Movie Business

AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBoundPowell's John Irving’s memoir begins with his account of the distinguished career and medical writings of the novelist’s grandfather Dr. Frederick C. Irving, a renowned obstetrician and gynecologist, and includes Mr. Irving’s incisive history of abortion politics ...

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A Widow for One Year

A Widow for One Year

Amazon • Barnes & NobleIndieBound • Powell's "One night when she was four and sleeping in the bottom bunk of her bunk bed, Ruth Cole woke to the sound of lovemaking—it was coming from her parents' bedroom." This sentence opens John Irving's ninth novel, A Widow for One Year, ...

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The Imaginary Girlfriend

The Imaginary Girlfriend

AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBoundPowell's The Imaginary Girlfriend is a candid memoir of the writers and wrestlers who played a role in John Irving's development as a novelist and as a wrestler. It also portrays a father's dedication — Irving coached his ...

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A Son of the Circus

A Son of the Circus

AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBoundPowell’s "Usually, the dwarfs kept bringing him back—back to the circus and back to India." - Opening lines of John Irving's A Son of the Circus. Born a Parsi in Bombay, sent to university and medical school ...

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Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBoundPowell's A treat for John Irving addicts, and a perfect introduction to his work for the uninitiated. In his spirited opening piece, Irving explains how he became a writer: "A fiction writer's memory is an especially imperfect ...

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A Prayer for Owen Meany

A Prayer for Owen Meany

Amazon • Barnes & Noble • IndieBound Powell's "I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice—not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he was the reason ...

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The Cider House Rules

The Cider House Rules

AmazonBarnes and NobleIndieBoundPowell's "In the hospital of the orphanage —the boys' division at St Cloud's, Maine — two nurses were in charge of naming the new babies and checking that their little penises were healing from the obligatory circumcision." First ...

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The Hotel New Hampshire

The Hotel New Hampshire

AmazonBarnes and NobleIndieBoundPowell's "The first of my father's illusions was that bears could survive the life lived by human beings, and the second was that human beings could survive a life led in hotels." So says John Berry, son of a hapless ...

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The World According to Garp

The World According to Garp

AmazonBarnes and NobleIndieBoundPowell's "Garp's mother, Jenny Fields, was arrested in Boston in 1942 for wounding a man in a movie theater." An international bestseller since its publication in 1978, The World According to Garp established John Irving as one of ...

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The 158-Pound Marriage

The 158-Pound Marriage

AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBoundPowell's "My wife, Utchka (whose name I sometime ago shortened to Utch), could teach patience to a time bomb." The darker vision and sexual ambiguities of this erotic, ironic tale about a ménage a quatre in a New ...

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The Water-Method Man

The Water-Method Man

AmazonBarnes & NobleIndieBoundPowell's "Her gynecologist recommended him to me.  Ironic: the best urologist in New York is French.  Dr. Jean Claude Vigneron: ONLY BY APPOINTMENT.  So I made one." The main character of John Irving's second novel, written when the ...

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Setting Free the Bears

Setting Free the Bears

AmazonBarnes & Noble IndieBoundPowell's "I could find him every noon, sitting on a bench in the Rathaus Park with a small, fat bag of hothouse radishes in his lap and a bottle of beer in one hand." It is 1967.  Two ...

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