A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Bloomsbury Modern Library, 1994 - 562 pages
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Eleven-year-old Owen Meany, playing a Little League baseball game in New Hampshire in 1953, hits a foul ball and kills his best friend's mother. Owen does not believe in accidents and is convinced he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that is both extraordinary and terrifying.

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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
The writing is beautiful. - LibraryThing
The ending was beautiful. - LibraryThing
Story telling at it's best! - LibraryThing

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Was blown away by the movie, had to read the book. Not my type of book at all but I was still impressed enough to read more by the author. Nothing else was as good as this one, though, imo. Read full review

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A Prayer for Owen Meany has one of the best opening lines I have ever read: “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 ... Read full review

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About the author (1994)

John Irving published his first novel at the age of twenty-six. He has received awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation; he has won an O. Henry Award, a National Book Award, and an Academy Award.

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