The Fourth Hand

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Bloomsbury, 2001 - Hand - 316 pages
A married woman in Wisconsin wants to give the one-handed reporter her husband's left hand - that is, after her husband dies. But the husband is alive, relatively young and healthy.
This is how John Irving's tenth novel begins; it seems, at first, to be a comedy, perhaps a satire, almost certainly a sexual farce. Yet, in the end, The Fourth Hand is as realistic and emotionally moving as any of Mr Irving's previous novels.
The Fourth Hand is charateristic of John Irving's seamless storytelling and further explores some of the author's recurring themes - loss, grief, love as redemption. But this novel also breaks new ground; it offers a penetrating look at the power of second chances and the will to change.

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User Review  - nx74defiant - LibraryThing

The main character is a nice guy, too nice. He is drifting along in life and from woman to woman. When he loses his hand, he finally finds a direction in his life. Read full review

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User Review  - raizel - LibraryThing

Much more literate than most books I read. A note at the end by Irving on "Why I Wrote The Fourth Hand When I Wrote It" was interesting and helpful. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

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 Oscar.
In 1992, Mr Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In January 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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