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John Irving

JOHN IRVING, born in Exeter, New Hampshire, published his first novel, Setting Free the Bears, when he was twenty-six. His most popular novel, worldwide, is A Prayer for Owen Meany, published in 1989. In 2000, Mr. Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. In 2012, he won the Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Fiction for In One Person. In 2018, he was the recipient of a Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Richard C. Holbrooke Award for Distinguished Achievement. Mr. Irving competed as a wrestler for twenty years and coached wrestling until he was forty-seven. He is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of... Read More

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The 158-Pound Marriage
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | June 1997
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-41796-1 (0-345-41796-8)

“Irving looks cunningly beyond the eye-catching gyrations of the mating dance to the morning-after implications.”—The Washington Post

The darker vision and sexual ambiguities of this sensual, 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... Read more






A Christmas Carol and Other Stories
Written by Charles Dickens, Introduction by John Irving
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2001
$11.00/15.00(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 Cider House Rules
Written by John Irving
Modern Library | Hardcover | November 1999
$26.00/35.00(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
$18.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-41794-7 (0-345-41794-1)

The Cider House Rules is filled with people to love and to feel for. . . . The characters in John Irving’s novel break all the rules, and yet they remain noble and free-spirited.”—The Houston Post

First published in 1985, The Cider House Rules is set in rural Maine in the first half of... Read more






The Fourth Hand
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | May 2002
$14.95/0.00(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
Dutton | Trade Paperback | April 2018
$17.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-41795-4 (0-345-41795-X)

The New York Times bestselling saga of a most unusual family from the award-winning author of The World According to Garp.

“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.&rdquo... Read more






The Imaginary Girlfriend
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | December 2002
$15.00/0.00(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
$17.00/0.00(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
$17.00/0.00(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
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-41798-5 (0-345-41798-4)

“Truly remarkable . . . encompasses the longings and agonies of youth . . . a complex and moving novel.”—Time

“Astonishing . . . a writer of uncommon imaginative power. Whatever [John Irving] writes, it will be worth reading.”—Saturday Review

It is 1967. Two Viennese university students, Siggy and Hannes, roam the Austrian... Read more






A Son of the Circus
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | June 1997
$18.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-345-41799-2 (0-345-41799-2)

A Hindi film star, an American missionary, a pair of twins separated at birth, a diminutive chauffeur, and a serial killer collide in a riotous novel by the author of The World According to Garp

“His most entertaining novel since Garp.The New York Times Book Review

A Son of the Circus is comic genius ... Read more






Trying to Save Piggy Sneed
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | February 1997
$18.00/0.00(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
$18.00/0.00(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
$27.95/0.00(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)

“John Irving, it is abundantly clear, is a true artist.”—Los Angeles Times

Fred "Bogus" Trumper has troubles. A divorced, broke graduate student of Old Norse in 1970s New York, Trumper is a wayward knight-errant in the battle of the sexes and the pursuit of happiness: His ex-wife has moved in with his childhood best friend... 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)

“John Irving, it is abundantly clear, is a true artist.”—Los Angeles Times

Fred "Bogus" Trumper has troubles. A divorced, broke graduate student of Old Norse in 1970s New York, Trumper is a wayward knight-errant in the battle of the sexes and the pursuit of happiness: His ex-wife has moved in with his childhood best friend... 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
$8.99/0.00(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
$16.00/0.00(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, Introduction by John Irving
Dutton | Hardcover | November 2018
$28.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-1-5247-4479-3 (1-5247-4479-4)

The bestselling coming-of-age classic novel by John Irving--now in a limited 40th anniversary edition with a new introduction by the author.

"He is more than popular. He is a Populist, determined to keep alive the Dickensian tradition that revels in colorful set pieces...and teaches moral lessons."--The New York Times


The opening... Read more






The World According to Garp
Written by John Irving
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | June 1997
$18.00/0.00(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
$8.99/11.99(Canada) | 978-0-345-36676-4 (0-345-36676-X)

New York Times bestseller -- 20th anniversary edition with a new afterword from the author -- "A wonderful novel, full of energy and art, at once funny and horrifying and heartbreaking."- The Washington Post

This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields--a feminist leader ahead of... Read more





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