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John Irving

The World According to Garp, which won the National Book Award in 1980, was John Irving's fourth novel and his first international bestseller. Irving's novels are now translated into thirty-five languages, and he has had nine international bestsellers.


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A Christmas Carol and Other Stories
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by John Irving
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2001
$10.00/13.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75888-1 (0-375-75888-7)

An immediate bestseller when it was first published in December 1843, A Christmas Carol has endured ever since as a perennial Yuletide favorite. Charles Dickens's beloved tale about the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who comes to know the meaning of kindness, charity, and goodwill through a haunting Christmas Eve encounter with four... Read more






The 158-Pound Marriage
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | June 1997
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-41796-1 (0-345-41796-8)

The darker vision and sexual ambiguities of this erotic, ironic tale about a ménage a quatre in a New England university town foreshadow those of The World According to Garp; but this very trim and precise novel is a marked departure from the author's generally robust, boisterous style. Though Mr. Irving's... Read more






The Cider House Rules
Written by John Irving
Modern Library | Hardcover | November 1999
$24.95/34.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-60335-1 (0-679-60335-2)

First published in 1985, The Cider House Rules is John Irving's sixth novel. Set in rural Maine in the first half of this century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch--saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud's, ether addict and abortionist. It... Read more






The Cider House Rules
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | June 1997
$17.00/(Canada) | 978-0-345-41794-7 (0-345-41794-1)

First published in 1985, The Cider House Rules is set in rural Maine in the first half of the twentieth century. The novel tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch–saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud’s, ether addict and abortionist. This is also... Read more






The Cider House Rules
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Paperback | January 1994
$7.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-345-38765-3 (0-345-38765-1)

"AN OLD-FASHIONED, BIG-HEARTED NOVEL . . . with its epic yearning caught in the 19th century, somewhere between Trollope and Twain . . . The rich detail makes for vintage Irving."
--The Boston Sunday Globe

"The Cider House Rules is filled with people to love and to feel for. . . . The... Read more






The Fourth Hand
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | May 2002
$14.95/(Canada) | 978-0-345-44934-4 (0-345-44934-7)

While reporting a story from India, New York journalist Patrick Wallingford inadvertently becomes his own headline when his left hand is eaten by a lion. In Boston, a renowned surgeon eagerly awaits the opportunity to perform the nation’s first hand transplant. But what if the donor’s widow demands visitation rights with... Read more






The Hotel New Hampshire
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | June 1997
$16.00/(Canada) | 978-0-345-41795-4 (0-345-41795-X)

“The first of my father’s illusions was that bears could survive the life lived by human beings, and the second was that human beings could survive a life led in hotels.” So says John Berry, son of a hapless dreamer, brother to a cadre of eccentric siblings, and chronicler of the...

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The Hotel New Hampshire
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Paperback | August 1995
$7.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-345-40047-5 (0-345-40047-X)

"The first of my father's illusions was that bears could survive the life lived by human beings, and the second was that human beings could survive a life led in hotels."
So says John Berry, son of a hapless dreamer, brother to a cadre of eccentric siblings, and chronicler of the lives... Read more






The Imaginary Girlfriend
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | December 2002
$15.00/(Canada) | 978-0-345-45826-1 (0-345-45826-5)

The Imaginary Girlfriend is a miniature autobiography detailing Irving’s parallel careers of writing and wrestling. . . . Tales of encounters with writers (John Cheever, Nelson Algren, Kurt Vonnegut) are intertwined with those about his wrestling teammates and coaches. With humor and compassion, [Irving] details the few truly important lessons he... Read more






Last Night in Twisted River
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | June 2010
$17.00/(Canada) | 978-0-345-47973-0 (0-345-47973-4)

In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable’s girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County—to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto—pursued by the implacable constable... Read more






My Movie Business
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | October 2000
$14.00/(Canada) | 978-0-345-44130-0 (0-345-44130-3)

After two producers, four directors, thirteen years, and uncounted rewrites, the movie version of John Irving's acclaimed novel, The Cider House Rules, at last made it to the big screen. Here is the author's account of the novel-to-film process. Anecdotal, affectionate, and delightfully candid, My Movie Business dazzles with Irving's incomparable... Read more






Setting Free the Bears
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | June 1997
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-41798-5 (0-345-41798-4)

It is 1967 and two Viennese university students want to liberate the Vienna Zoo, as was done after World War II. But their good intentions have both comic and gruesome consequences, in this first novel written by a twenty-five year old John Irving, already a master storyteller.


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A Son of the Circus
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | June 1997
$17.00/(Canada) | 978-0-345-41799-2 (0-345-41799-2)

"A SON OF THE CIRCUS IS COMIC GENIUS...GET READY FOR IRVING'S MOST RAUCOUS NOVEL TO DATE."
--The Boston Globe
"Dr. Farrokh Daruwalla, reared in Bombay by maverick foes of tradition, educated in Vienna, married to an Austrian and long a resident of Toronto, is a 59-year-old without a country, culture or religion to... Read more






Trying to Save Piggy Sneed
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | February 1997
$17.00/(Canada) | 978-0-345-40474-9 (0-345-40474-2)

Here is a treat for John Irving addicts and a perfect introduction to his work for the uninitiated.  To open this spirited collection, Irving explains how he became a writer.  There follow six scintillating stories written over the last twenty years ending with a homage to Charles Dickens.  This irresistible collection cannot fail to... Read more






Until I Find You
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | May 2006
$17.00/(Canada) | 978-0-345-47972-3 (0-345-47972-6)

Until I Find You is the story of the actor Jack Burns – his life, loves, celebrity and astonishing search for the truth about his parents.

When he is four years old, Jack travels with his mother Alice, a tattoo artist, to several North Sea ports in search of his father... Read more






Until I Find You
Written by John Irving
Random House | Hardcover | July 2005
$27.95/(Canada) | 978-1-4000-6383-3 (1-4000-6383-3)

Until I Find You is the story of the actor Jack Burns – his life, loves, celebrity and astonishing search for the truth about his parents.

When he is four years old, Jack travels with his mother Alice, a tattoo artist, to several North Sea ports in search of his father... Read more






The Water-Method Man
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | June 1997
$15.00/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-345-41800-5 (0-345-41800-X)

The main character of John Irving's second novel, written when the author was twenty-nine, is a perpetual graduate student with a birth defect in his urinary tract--and a man on the threshold of committing himself to a second marriage that bears remarkable resemblance to his first...
"Three or four times as funny... Read more






The Water-Method Man
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Paperback | June 1990
$7.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-345-36742-6 (0-345-36742-1)

The main character of John Irving's second novel, written when the author was twenty-nine, is a perpetual graduate student with a birth defect in his urinary tract--and a man on the threshold of committing himself to a second marriage that bears remarkable resemblance to his first...
"Three or four times as funny... Read more






A Widow for One Year
Written by John Irving
Modern Library | Hardcover | May 2003
$19.95/29.95(Canada) | 978-0-8129-6857-6 (0-8129-6857-3)

Ruth Cole is a complex, often self-contradictory character--a "difficult" woman.  By no means is she conventionally "nice," but she will never be forgotten.

Ruth's story is told in three parts, each focusing on a crucial time in her life.  When we first meet her--on Long Island, in the summer of 1958--Ruth is only four.

The... Read more






A Widow for One Year
Written by John Irving
Fawcett | Paperback | November 2001
$7.99/(Canada) | 978-0-345-43479-1 (0-345-43479-X)

Ruth Cole is a complex, often self-contradictory character--a "difficult" woman.  By no means is she conventionally "nice," but she will never be forgotten.

Ruth's story is told in three parts, each focusing on a crucial time in her life.  When we first meet her--on Long Island, in the summer of 1958--Ruth is only four.

The... Read more






A Widow for One Year
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | March 1999
$16.00/(Canada) | 978-0-345-42471-6 (0-345-42471-9)

In A Widow for One Year, we follow Ruth Cole through three of the most pivotal times in her life: from her girlhood on Long Island (in the summer of 1958) through the fall of 1990 (when she is an unmarried woman whose personal life is not nearly as successful as... Read more






The World According to Garp
Written by John Irving
Modern Library | Hardcover | April 1998
$24.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-60306-1 (0-679-60306-9)

The World According to Garp is a comic and compassionate coming-of-age novel that established John Irving as one of the most imaginative writers of his generation. A worldwide bestseller since its publication in 1978, Irving's classic is filled with stories inside stories about the life and times of T. S. Garp... Read more






The World According to Garp
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | June 1997
$17.00/(Canada) | 978-0-345-41801-2 (0-345-41801-8)

This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields, a feminist leader ahead of her time. This is the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes, even of sexual assassinations. It is a... Read more






The World According to Garp
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Paperback | November 1990
$7.99/10.99(Canada) | 978-0-345-36676-4 (0-345-36676-X)

20th ANNIVERSARY EDITION
with a new Afterword from the author



The New York Times bestseller



This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny
Fields--a feminist leader ahead of her times.  This is the life and death
of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world... Read more





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