The Fictioning Horror Sale

Recently Viewed clear list

Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel

There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
  1. $18.19 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    Juliet's Nurse

    Lois Leveen 9781476757445

Qualifying orders ship free.
Used Mass Market
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Hawthorne Literature- A to Z

More copies of this ISBN

Fourth Hand


Fourth Hand Cover


Synopses & Reviews

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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Product Details

Irving, John
Television journalists
Love stories
Psychological fiction
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
6.82x4.22x1.02 in. .39 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. The Imaginary Girlfriend Used Trade Paper $4.50
  2. A Widow for One Year
    Used Mass Market $0.95
  3. Trying to Save Piggy Sneed Used Trade Paper $1.50
  4. Trying to Save Piggy Sneed Used Trade Paper $1.50
  5. Me Talk Pretty One Day
    Used Trade Paper $2.95
  6. The Things They Carried
    Used Trade Paper $3.50

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Fourth Hand Used Mass Market
0 stars - 0 reviews
$4.50 In Stock
Product details 368 pages Fawcett Books - English 9780345463159 Reviews:
  • back to top
Follow us on...

Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at