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Publisher Comments:

The Fourth Hand asks an interesting question: “How can anyone identify a dream of the future?” The answer: “Destiny is not imaginable, except in dreams or to those in love."

While reporting a story from India, a New York television journalist has his left hand eaten by a lion; millions of TV viewers witness the accident. In Boston, a renowned hand surgeon awaits the opportunity to perform the nations first hand transplant; meanwhile, in the distracting aftermath of an acrimonious divorce, the surgeon is seduced by his housekeeper. A married woman in Wisconsin wants to give the one-handed reporter her husbands left hand – that is, after her husband dies. But the husband is alive, relatively young, and healthy.

This is how John Irvings tenth novel begins; it seems, at first, to be a comedy, perhaps a satire, almost certainly a sexual farce. Yet, in the end, The Fourth Hand is as realistic and emotionally moving as any of Mr. Irvings previous novels – including The World According to Garp, A Prayer forOwen Meany, and A Widow for One Year – or his Oscar-winning screenplay of The Cider House Rules.

The Fourth Hand is characteristic of John Irvings seamless storytelling and further explores some of the authors recurring themes – loss, grief, love as redemption. But this novel also breaks new ground; it offers a penetrating look at the power of second chances and the will to change.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

John Irving has won an O. Henry Award, a National Book Award, and an Oscar. The Fourth Hand is his tenth novel. He lives in Vermont and Toronto.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345463159
Author:
Irving, John
Publisher:
Fawcett
Subject:
General
Subject:
Hand
Subject:
Television journalists
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20030429
Binding:
Undefined
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
6.82x4.22x1.02 in. .39 lbs.

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