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A Widow for One Year: A Novelby John (Schriftsteller) Irving
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Twenty years after The World According to Garp, John Irving gives us a new novel about a family marked by tragedy and the difficult women who survive.
Ruth Cole is a complex, often self-contradictory character. By no means is she conventionally nice, but she will never be forgotten. Ruth's story is told in three parts, each focusing on a critical time in her life. When we first meet her — in the Hamptons in the summer of 1958 — Ruth is only four. Her parents, having suffered the loss of two children before Ruth was born, are still haunted by their memories of these unspeakable deaths; now Ruth's mother is having an affair with a sixteen-year-old boy, while her father sleeping with someone else's wife.
The second window into Ruth's life opens in the fall of 1990, when Ruth is a renowned author — and an unmarried woman whose personal life is not nearly as successful as her literary career. Ruth distrusts her judgment in men, for good reason.
A Widow for One Year closes in tile autumn of 1995, when Ruth Cole is a widow and a mother. She's about to fall in love for the first time.
Richly comic as well as deeply disturbing, A Widow for One Year is a multilayered love story of astonishing emotional force. Both ribald and erotic, it is also a brilliant novel about the passage of time and the relentlessness of grief.
Twenty years after The World According to Garp, the author chronicles the life of a complex, abrasive woman born in the shadow of her siblings' deaths and her parents' adultery, who only finds love after motherhood and widowhood. 300,000 first printing.
A girl discovers her mother in bed with a teenage boy and later the mother abandons her. Meanwhile, her father is seducing young girls. So begins the story of Ruth Cole, a famous writer struggling to overcome childhood traumas and find love.
About the Author
John Winslow Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942.He is the author of nine novels, among them The World According to Garp, The Hotel New Hampshire, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and A Son of the Circus.Mr. Irving is married and has three sons; he lives in Toronto and in southern Vermont.
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