In One Person

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Thorndike Press, 2012 - Fiction - 781 pages
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His most political novel since "The Cider House Rules" and "A Prayer for Owen Meany," John Irving's "In One Person" is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself "worthwhile."

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"This tender exploration of nascent desire, of love and loss, manages to be sweeping, brilliant, political, provocative, tragic, and funny--it is precisely the kind of astonishing alchemy we associate with a John Irving novel. The unfolding of the AIDS epidemic in the United States in the '80s was the defining moment for me as a physician. With my patients' deaths, almost always occurring in the prime of life, I would find myself cataloging the other losses--namely, what these people might have offered society had they lived the full measure of their days: their art, their literature, the children they might have raised. "In One Person" is the novel that for me will define that era. A profound truth is arrived at in these pages. It is Irving at his most daring, at his most ambitious. It is America and American writing, both at their very best." --Abraham Verghese, author of "Cutting for Stone "and "My Own Country"

""In One Person" is a novel that makes you proud to be human. It is a book that not only accepts but also loves our differences. From the beginning of his career, Irving has always cherished our peculiarities--in a fierce, not a saccharine, way. Now he has extended his sympathies--and ours--still further into areas that even the misfits eschew. Anthropologists say that the interstitial--whatever lies between two familiar opposites--is usually declared either taboo or sacred. John Irving in this magnificent novel--his best and most passionate since "The World According to Garp"--has sacralized what lies between polarizing genders and orientations. And have I mentioned it is also a gripping page-turner and a beautifully constructed work of art?"""--Edmund White, author of "City Boy" and "Genet: A Biography"

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This was a highly interesting listening, even if I needed some time to dive into the story. In my opinion, the beginning could have been shorter, because only after the first third did the story begin ... Read full review

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Throughout college and for about a half-decade after, John Irving was my favorite author. I loved the way he took similar elements (wrestling, squash, New England, boarding schools, abortion, sexual ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

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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