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A Prayer for Owen Meany


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ISBN13: 9780062204097
ISBN10: 0062204092
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I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice — not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.

In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys — best friends — are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.

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John Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times-winning in 1980 for the novel The World According to Garp. In 1992, Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He won the 2000 Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. In 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Irvings most recent novel is In One Person (2012).

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Reverend Mother, March 20, 2013 (view all comments by Reverend Mother)
A Prayer for Owen Meany has the best first line of any book I've ever read, and it only gets better from there. Owen is a perfectly unique character in literature; he looks, acts, and most of all, sounds strange. He's even stranger when compared to the narrator, who is about as exciting as a wet firecracker. Several times I laughed out loud. I also cried a couple times. I'm not a huge John Irving fan (I disliked a couple of his books and flat out hated one of them), but this is one of my favorite books ever.
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