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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 nation's 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 husband's left hand — that is, after her husband dies. But the husband is alive, relatively young, and healthy.

Review:

"[A] rich and deeply moving tale, and (in the best sense) vintage John Irving: a story of two very disparate people, and the strange and unexpected ways we may grow." Chris Bohjalian, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"[C]ompulsively readable....This is classic Irving....[F]or all its machismo and conflicted feelings about women, this is one crazy but sweet little love story." Donna Seaman, Booklist

Review:

"Irving presumably means all this to be a Dickensian fable...but it's a self-indulgent mishmash of let's-see-what-weird-things-I-can-come-up-with-next plotting and complacent commentary laid on by a very heavy, omniscient authorial, uh, hand." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A blend of sexual farce, journalistic satire, and tender love story....From what at first seems bizarre, Irving builds the best kind of love story: an improbable one. Wallingford gets more than a transplanted hand; he begins to find his soul." USA Today

Review:

"A riveting entertainment and certainly one of the funniest novels of the year. The authoritative control of Irving's storytelling has never been more impressive....The delighted reader is powerless to look away." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"A beautiful story about the redemptive power of love." The Denver Post

Review:

"[A] thoroughly satisfying literary experience....Irving's most compassionate and redemptive [novel] to date....[His] mastery of characterization is unequaled in American novelists of the day." St. Louis Post Dispatch

Review:

"A turbocharged plot and outsized heroes and villains [who] will delight fans? In The Fourth Hand, as in his past works, [Irving] aims to tell a sweeping narrative with big, poignant themes, and he succeeds with brio." Elle

Synopsis:

By turns brilliantly comic and emotionally moving, this New York Times #1 bestseller is hailed as "a riveting entertainment and certainly one of the funniest novels of the year" (Chicago Sun-Times).

Synopsis:

While reporting a story from India, New York journalist Patrick Wallingford inadvertently becomes his own headline when his left hand is eaten by a lion. In Boston, a renowned surgeon eagerly awaits the opportunity to perform the nations first hand transplant. But what if the donors widow demands visitation rights with the hand? In answering this unexpected question, John Irving has written a novel that is by turns brilliantly comic and emotionally moving, offering a penetrating look at the power of second chances and the will to change.

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 Oscar. In 1992, Mr. Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In January 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345449344
Author:
Irving, John
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc
Subject:
Hand
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Television journalists
Subject:
Donation of organs, tissues, etc.
Subject:
Transplant surgeons
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;novel;american;literature;humor;transplants;amputation;usa;contemporary fiction;love;romance;india;journalism;transplant;contemporary;american fiction;20th century;relationships;america;2000s;surgery;us;21st century;adult;news;general fiction;circ
Subject:
fiction;novel;american;literature;humor;transplants;amputation;usa;contemporary fiction;love;romance;india;journalism;transplant;contemporary;american fiction;20th century;relationships;america;surgery;21st century;us;2000s;adult;american literature;news;
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
May 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.18x5.48x.76 in. .61 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345449344 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] rich and deeply moving tale, and (in the best sense) vintage John Irving: a story of two very disparate people, and the strange and unexpected ways we may grow."
"Review" by , "[C]ompulsively readable....This is classic Irving....[F]or all its machismo and conflicted feelings about women, this is one crazy but sweet little love story."
"Review" by , "Irving presumably means all this to be a Dickensian fable...but it's a self-indulgent mishmash of let's-see-what-weird-things-I-can-come-up-with-next plotting and complacent commentary laid on by a very heavy, omniscient authorial, uh, hand."
"Review" by , "A blend of sexual farce, journalistic satire, and tender love story....From what at first seems bizarre, Irving builds the best kind of love story: an improbable one. Wallingford gets more than a transplanted hand; he begins to find his soul."
"Review" by , "A riveting entertainment and certainly one of the funniest novels of the year. The authoritative control of Irving's storytelling has never been more impressive....The delighted reader is powerless to look away."
"Review" by , "A beautiful story about the redemptive power of love."
"Review" by , "[A] thoroughly satisfying literary experience....Irving's most compassionate and redemptive [novel] to date....[His] mastery of characterization is unequaled in American novelists of the day."
"Review" by , "A turbocharged plot and outsized heroes and villains [who] will delight fans? In The Fourth Hand, as in his past works, [Irving] aims to tell a sweeping narrative with big, poignant themes, and he succeeds with brio."
"Synopsis" by , By turns brilliantly comic and emotionally moving, this New York Times #1 bestseller is hailed as "a riveting entertainment and certainly one of the funniest novels of the year" (Chicago Sun-Times).
"Synopsis" by , While reporting a story from India, New York journalist Patrick Wallingford inadvertently becomes his own headline when his left hand is eaten by a lion. In Boston, a renowned surgeon eagerly awaits the opportunity to perform the nations first hand transplant. But what if the donors widow demands visitation rights with the hand? In answering this unexpected question, John Irving has written a novel that is by turns brilliantly comic and emotionally moving, offering a penetrating look at the power of second chances and the will to change.
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