John Irving

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in Exeter, New Hampshire, The United States


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JOHN IRVING was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942. His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, was published in 1968, when he was twenty-six. He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, and coached wrestling until he was forty-seven.
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 thirty-five languages—John Irving lives in Toronto. His all-time best-selli

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The Cider House Rules

4.13 avg rating — 161,105 ratings — published 1985 — 141 editions
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The Hotel New Hampshire

3.91 avg rating — 58,182 ratings — published 1981 — 106 editions
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A Widow for One Year

3.76 avg rating — 57,516 ratings — published 1998 — 111 editions
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The Fourth Hand

3.31 avg rating — 28,016 ratings — published 2001 — 91 editions
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Until I Find You

3.64 avg rating — 24,670 ratings — published 2005 — 69 editions
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Last Night in Twisted River

3.76 avg rating — 24,026 ratings — published 2009 — 74 editions
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In One Person

3.68 avg rating — 24,631 ratings — published 2012 — 71 editions
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A Son of the Circus

3.64 avg rating — 18,756 ratings — published 1994 — 82 editions
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“When someone you love dies, and you're not expecting it, you don't lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time—the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes—when there's a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she's gone, forever—there comes another day, and another specifically missing part.”
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2018-4th Quarter Long Read Poll

The Arabian Nights by Anonymous, A Long Time Ago, 1049 pages
  110 votes, 34.4%

  72 votes, 22.5%

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, 1989, 637 pages
  61 votes, 19.1%

  49 votes, 15.3%

Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey, 1964, 715 pages
  28 votes, 8.8%


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