In One Person (Thorndike Core)
May 2012 Indie Next List
— Libby Cowels, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO
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Advance praise for John Irving's "In One Person"
"This tender exploration of nascent desire, of love and loss, manages to be sweeping, brilliant, political, provocative, tragic, and funny--it is precisely the kind of astonishing alchemy we associate with a John Irving novel. The unfolding of the AIDS epidemic in the United States in the '80s was the defining moment for me as a physician. With my patients' deaths, almost always occurring in the prime of life, I would find myself cataloging the other losses--namely, what these people might have offered society had they lived the full measure of their days: their art, their literature, the children they might have raised. "In One Person" is the novel that for me will define that era. A profound truth is arrived at in these pages. It is Irving at his most daring, at his most ambitious. It is America and American writing, both at their very best." --Abraham Verghese, author of "Cutting for Stone "and "My Own Country"
""In One Person" is a novel that makes you proud to be human. It is a book that not only accepts but also loves our differences. From the beginning of his career, Irving has always cherished our peculiarities--in a fierce, not a saccharine, way. Now he has extended his sympathies--and ours--still further into areas that even the misfits eschew. Anthropologists say that the interstitial--whatever lies between two familiar opposites--is usually declared either taboo or sacred. John Irving in this magnificent novel--his best and most passionate since "The World According to Garp"--has sacralized what lies between polarizing genders and orientations. And have I mentioned it is also a gripping page-turner and a beautifully constructed work of art?"""--Edmund White, author of "City Boy" and "Genet: A Biography.
Thorndike Press, 9781410450050, 781pp.
Publication Date: August 22, 2012