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A Widow for One Year by John Irving
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Read in January, 2004

This novel is a wonder of construction.
In my opinion, John Irving's best book.

I loved Ted Cole, as a father, if not as a man. His short stories are the core of this tale, and should not be skimmed. Almost every character in this book is a writer, which gives Irving a unique opportunity to add layers of sincerity and depth to each character. However unthinkingly they lead their personal lives, their written words highlight their unique wisdom.
In a nutshell, this novel is about woman whose life story is largely effected by a tragedy within her family before she was ever born. It would be a cop out to say that everyone was too involved with the tragedy to pay attention to Ruth. Perhaps it is more fair to say that Ruth is raised by people who fear the power of fate: People who know that everything can change in a summer, or an evening, and have been crippled by their brush with blind chance.
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