Biography

John Irving

John Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942. His first novel, SETTING FREE THE BEARS, was published in 1968, when he was 26. He competed as a wrestler for 20 years, and coached wrestling until he was 47. Mr. Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times --- winning once, in 1980, for his novel THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP. He received an O. Henry Award in 1981 for his short story “Interior Space.” In 2000, Mr. Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. In 2013, he won a Lambda Literary Award for his novel IN ONE PERSON. An international writer --- his novels have been translated into more than 35 languages --- John Irving lives in Toronto. His all-time best-selling novel, in every language, is A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY.

John Irving

Books by John Irving

by John Irving - Fiction

Fourteen-year-old Juan Diego, who was born and grew up in Mexico, has a 13-year-old sister. Her name is Lupe, and she is a mind reader. Regarding what has happened as opposed to what will, Lupe is usually right about the past; without your telling her, she knows all the worst things that have happened to you. What might a teen girl be driven to do if she thought she could change the future? As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico.

by John Irving - Fiction

Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of IN ONE PERSON, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP.

by John Irving - Fiction

Owen Meany, the only child of a New Hampshire granite quarrier, believes he is God's instrument. He is. This is John Irving's most comic novel, yet at the same time Owen Meany is the most heartbreaking character Irving has created.