In One Person

By John Irving
(Simon & Schuster, Paperback, 9781451664133, 448pp.)

Publication Date: January 29, 2013

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Compact Disc, Hardcover

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“As the beguiling Miss Frost puts it in this modern masterpiece of gender politics, 'My dear boy, please don't put a label on me -- don't make me a category before you get to know me!' There is no writer, living or dead, who better humanizes the quirky, the misunderstood, the 'different' than John Irving. Here, through his bisexual protagonist, Billy, he tenderly explores the way American attitudes toward sexuality have -- and have not -- evolved in the past half-century. A heartbreaking, hopeful, complicated, and gorgeous story, In One Person is a must-read.”
-- Libby Cowels, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO


Description

"His most daringly political, sexually transgressive, and moving novel in well over a decade" (Vanity Fair).

Winner of a 2013 Lambda Literary Award

A New York Times bestselling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a "sexual suspect," a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of "terminal cases," The World According to Garp.

In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy’s friends and lovers—a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself "worthwhile."




About the Author

The World According to Garp, which won the National Book Award in 1980, was John Irving’s fourth novel and his first international bestseller. Irving’s novels are now translated into thirty-five languages, and he has had nine international bestsellers. In One Person is John Irving’s thirteenth novel.




NPR
Saturday, May 12, 2012

Desire can have a profound effect on young adults during their formative years. Novelist John Irving turns 70 this year, and his latest novel is a coming-of-age story about loss, identity and AIDS � told by a bisexual narrator named Billy Abbott. More at NPR.org

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Praise For In One Person

eoeIn One Person gives a lot. Ite(TM)s funny, as you would expect. Ite(TM)s risky in what it exposes.eTolerance, in a John Irving novel, is not about anything goes. Ite(TM)s what happens when we face our own desires honestly, whether we act on them or not.e
-Jeanette Winterson

eoeIt is impossible to imagine the American e" or international e" literary landscape without John Irvinge.He has sold tens of millions of copies of his books, books that have earned descriptions like epic and extraordinary and controversial and sexually brave. And yet, unlike so many writers in the contemporary canon, he manages to write books that are both critically acclaimed and beloved for their sheer readability. He is as close as one gets to a contemporary Dickens in the scope of his celebrity and the level of his achievement.e e"Time

eoeTheree(TM)s a talent at work in this brave new novel that e" as Prospero said e" e~frees all faults.e(TM) e
-The Washington Post

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