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A Prayer for Owen Meany

Deluxe Modern Classic

by John Irving

On Sale: 04/22/2014

Price: $18.99

A Prayer for Owen Meany

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A Prayer for Owen Meany

Deluxe Modern Classic

by John Irving

On Sale: 04/22/2014

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Price: $18.99

About the Book

“A remarkable novel. . . . A Prayer for Owen Meany is a rare creation in the somehow exhausted world of late twentieth-century fiction—it is an amazingly brave piece of work . . . so extraordinary, so original, and so enriching. . . . Readers will come to the end feeling sorry to leave [this] richly textured and carefully wrought world.”
   — STEPHEN KING, Washington Post

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice—not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.

In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.

“Roomy, intelligent, exhilarating, and darkly comic . . . Dickensian in scope . . . Quite stunning and very ambitious.” — Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Brilliantly cinematic . . . Irving shows considerable skill as scene after scene mounts to its moving climax." — ALFRED KAZIN, New York Times

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062284853
  • ISBN 10: 0062284851
  • Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks
  • On Sale: 04/22/2014
  • Trimsize: 5.500 in (w) x 8.250 in (h) x 1.640 in (d)
  • Pages: 656
  • List Price: $18.99
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Classics
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Literary
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Christian / General