A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Mar 13, 2012 - Fiction - 640 pages
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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 is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.

In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.


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John Irving at his best storytelling. - LibraryThing
I loved this book and Irving's style of writing. - LibraryThing
The prose is wonderful and evocative. - LibraryThing
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Reading A Prayer for Owen Meany is one of the more interesting reading experiences I've had. For most of the book, I was slogging my way through, wondering if we'd ever come to the point of all the ... Read full review

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I really enjoyed this book! I generally stick to mysteries but picked this one of John Irving's up somewhere and found Owen Meany a captivating read. There were a few things about it that I found a bit hard to swallow, but overall I truly enjoyed it. Irving's reputation is well deserved. Read full review

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John Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times—winning in 1980 for the novel The World According to Garp. In 1992, Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He won the 2000 Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. In 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Irving's most recent novel is In One Person (2012).

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