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The 158-Pound Marriage

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Publisher Comments:

"Irving looks cunningly beyond the eye-catching gyrations of the mating dance to the morning-after implications."

--The Washington Post

The darker vision and sexual ambiguities of this erotic, ironic tale about a ménage a quatre in a New England university town foreshadow those of The World According to Garp; but this very trim and precise novel is a marked departure from the author's generally robust, boisterous style. Though Mr. Irving's cool eye spares none of his foursome, he writes with genuine compassion for the sexual tests and illusions they perpetrate on each other; but the sexual intrigue between them demonstrates how even the kind can be ungenerous, and even the well-intentioned, destructive.

"One of the most remarkable things about John Irving's first three novels, viewed from the vantage of The World According to Garp, is that they can be read as one extended fictional enterprise. . . . The 158-Pound Marriage is as lean and concentrated as a mine shaft."

--Terrence Des Pres

About the Author

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. Mr. Irving lives with his family in Toronto and Vermont.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345367433
Other:
Irving, John
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Author:
Irving, John
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
New england
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Married people -- New England -- Fiction.
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Erotic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
19900714
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
6.89x4.20x.74 in. .27 lbs.

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