A prayer for Owen Meany

by Irving, John, 1942-

Format: Print Book 2012.
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Summary

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick

I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice--not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.

In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys--best friends--are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Diminutive Owen Meany, believing himself to be God's instrument, unlocks life's mysteries for his closest friend in this imaginative mix of humor and tragedy."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Joe Barrett captures the humor and sorrow of Irving's classic novel about faith, friendship and fate. We follow the adventures of diminutive Owen Meany and his best friend Johnny Wheelwright as they grapple with life, death and devotion and come of age in the small town of Gravesend, N.H. Barrett deftly portrays a host of strange and wonderful characters as Owen commandeers the local Christmas pageant, battles with an autocratic headmaster and fulfills what he believes to be his destiny. Faced with the unenviable task of capturing the singular voice of the titular character (in the novel, Owen's dialogue is capitalized to represent his strident, squeaking speech), Barrett produces a workmanlike rendition of Owen that, while not perfect, grows on listeners as the story unfolds. True to the spirit of the text, Barrett's masterful rendition is a delight. A Morrow hardcover. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States -- Fiction.
Belief and doubt -- Fiction.
Mothers -- Death -- Fiction.
Male friendship -- Fiction.
Predestination -- Fiction.
Birthfathers -- Fiction.
New Hampshire -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Religious fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2012.
Edition First William Morrow paperback edition.
Language English
Notes Includes P.S. insights, interviews, & more section, featuring an essay by the author.
Description viii, 627, 16 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780062204097
0062204092
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