A Prayer For Owen Meany

by John Irving

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction

A Prayer For Owen Meany Synopsis

'If you care about something you have to protect it. If you're lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.' Eleven-year-old Owen Meany, playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire, hits a foul ball and kills his best friend's mother. Owen doesn't believe in accidents; he believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is both extraordinary and terrifying.

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ISBN: 9780552993692
Publication date: 1st May 1990
Author: John Irving
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 720 pages
Collections: 50+ Coming-of-age Masterworks,
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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John Irving Press Reviews

I believe it to be a work of genius... because of its absolutely irrepressible flow of invention and suggestion, expressed in some of the most fascinating prose written in fiction today. Originality has distinguished all Mr Irving's books, but in A Prayer For Owen Meany it achieves a new pitch and a new profundity - Independent

Marvellously funny... What better entertainment is there than a serious book which makes you laugh? - Spectator

So extraordinary, so original, and so enriching - The Washington Post

May justly join the classic American list - Observer

A heartbreaking masterpiece of a novel... tremendously ambitious and fiendishly clever -- Dominic Holland - Sunday Express

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ISBN: 9780552993692
Publication date: 01/05/1990
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About John Irving

John Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942, and he once admitted that he was a 'grim' child. Although he excelled in English at school and knew by the time he graduated that he wanted to write novels, it was not until he met a young Southern novelist named John Yount, at the University of New Hampshire, that he received encouragement. 'It was so simple,' he remembers. 'Yount was the first person to point out that anything I did except writing was going to be vaguely unsatisfying.'In 1963, Irving enrolled at the Institute of European Studies in Vienna, ...

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