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A Widow for One Year by John Irving
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Jul 24, 2007

really liked it
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Read in February, 2007

I read this directly following The World According to Garp...not a good idea. The parallels are abundant, and for the first half or so of the book I wondered about Irving's fixation on writing about writers. Like song writers writing about writing songs, it's an interesting possible introspection on the writer's part, sharing their process, doubts, etc with their audience. It really can be charming, the first time around. When I get into the second and feel as though I'm reading a parallel novel that feels like the clippings of its predecessor, I'm a bit turned off.

*ahem* Fortunately for him however, the book did have much to redeem it, hence my four star review. I did enjoy reading it ultimately, it just took a bit to get through the similarities to The World According to Garp which I did and still prefer.
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