A Prayer for Owen Meany

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Knopf Canada, May 8, 2012 - Fiction - 544 pages

“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 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 and terrifying.

 

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I could not get through this book. It was slow and boring and I just kept putting it down and then trying again. Maybe I will go back and finish it but I doubt it. There's too many good books out ... Read full review

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Abandoned. A dramatic beginning. But after 200 pages of 600, I expect more. I'm not interested in a vague mystical belief in the powers of a Christ child. Or the tug of war between the ... Read full review

Contents

THE FOUL BALL
3
THE ANGEL
97
THE LITTLE I ORDJESLS
150
s THE GHOST OF THE FUTURE 2
251
THEVOICE 2
258
THE DREAM
343
THE FINGER
423
THESHOT
519
My Favorite First Sentence
629
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JOHN IRVING was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942. His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, was published in 1968, when he was twenty-six. He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, and coached wrestling until he was forty-seven. Mr. Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times--winning once, in 1980, for his novel The World According to Garp. He received an O. Henry Award in 1981 for his short story "Interior Space." In 2000, Mr. Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. In 2013, he won a Lambda Literary Award for his novel In One Person. An international writer--his novels have been translated into more than thirty-five languages--John Irving lives in Toronto. His all-time best-selling novel, in every language, is A Prayer for Owen Meany. Avenue of Mysteries is his fourteenth novel.

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