A Prayer for Owen Meany

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John Irving
Bloomsbury Modern Library, 1995 - 562 pages
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Eleven-year-old Owen Meany, playing a Little League baseball game in New Hampshire in 1953, hits a foul ball and kills his best friend's mother. Owen does not believe in accidents and is convinced he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that is both extraordinary and terrifying.

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I loved this book. I read it when it first came out and enjoyed it then. Last month I read The Art of Fielding and then saw Simon Birch, a mini adaptation of this wonderful novel. Photobucket Pictures ... Read full review

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What is this 617-page slab o' popular writing about? A tiny boy who shouts, who is God's instrument. Faith, doubt, premeditation, the dumbing of America, television, Why Were We In Vietnam, sacrifice ... Read full review

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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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