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A Widow for One Year by John Irving
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bookshelves: new-york, fiction
Read from September 22, 2010 to July 06, 2013

Finally finished this book after x number of years. Irving is a story-teller par excellence, but he tends to treat his characters with a certain disdain, almost cartoonish, moving the characters across the page, across space and time, without any real emotional input. This is particularly true in the first part of the novel, when Marion and Eddie the summer intern have an affair in Marion's and Ted's family home. Marion suffers from the trauma caused by the deaths of her two older sons in a car accident (an event that is outlined in some gruesome detail). In the middle to end of the novel Irving shifts focus to Ruth's (the youngest daughter, now grown up and a novelist in her own right) character.
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