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The Imaginary Girlfriend is a miniature autobiography detailing Irvings 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 learned about writing. . . . And in beefing up his narrative with anecdotes that are every bit as hilarious as the antics in his novels, Irving combines the lessons of both obsessions (wrestling and writing) . . . into a somber reflection on the importance of living well.”

-The Denver Post

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"The nearest thing to an autobiography Irving has written... Worth saving and savoring." The Seattle Times

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"Irving's wrestling coaches, his writing mentors, and his family are vivid, inviting readers into a colorful world." USA Today

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"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 learned about writing.... And in beefing up his narrative with anecdotes that are every bit as hilarious as the antics in his novels, Irving combines the lessons of both obsessions (wrestling and writing)... into a somber reflection on the importance of living well." The Denver Post

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"A masterpiece. The generosity of spirit that marks his fiction leaks into his memoir in tender and surprising ways." Edmonton Journal

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"An entertaining glimpse into one of America's most complex novelists." Toronto Sun

About the Author

The World According to Garp was the first of John Irving's critically acclaimed novels to achieve international renown, and A Son of the Circus is his most recent. John Irving is married and has three sons, of whom the youngest is too young to wrestle. Mr. Irving lives in Toronto and in southern Vermont.

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lukas, July 29, 2015 (view all comments by lukas)
"My life in wrestling was one-eighth talent and seven-eighths discipline. I believe that my life as a writer consists of one-eight talent and seven-eighths discipline, too."
John Irving, the author of "The World According to Garp" and "The Cider House Rules," has never been particularly hip or trendy. He's never been part of any literary movement and has little interest in modernism, post-modernism, or any ism. He's simply a great novelist in the old fashioned sense of the word. This slim volume is memoir of both his writing career and his wrestling career, two things that feature in his books. As in his novels, he's a witty, observant, conversational guide. I would've liked a little less wrestling, but it's clearly important to him as he competed, reffed, and coached. A must for the Irving fan. The collection "Trying to Save Piggy Sneed" also has some autobiographical pieces.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345458261
Author:
Irving, John
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Wrestlers
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Book discussion guides
Series Volume:
no. 02-09-050
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.26x5.53x.60 in. .44 lbs.

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Product details 192 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345458261 Reviews:
"Review" by , "The nearest thing to an autobiography Irving has written... Worth saving and savoring."
"Review" by , "Irving's wrestling coaches, his writing mentors, and his family are vivid, inviting readers into a colorful world."
"Review" by , "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 learned about writing.... And in beefing up his narrative with anecdotes that are every bit as hilarious as the antics in his novels, Irving combines the lessons of both obsessions (wrestling and writing)... into a somber reflection on the importance of living well."
"Review" by , "A masterpiece. The generosity of spirit that marks his fiction leaks into his memoir in tender and surprising ways."
"Review" by , "An entertaining glimpse into one of America's most complex novelists."
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