In One Person A Novel, by Irving, John
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His most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving's In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself "worthwhile." 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 funnyit 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 lossesnamely, 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 peculiaritiesin a fierce, not a saccharine, way. Now he has extended his sympathiesand oursstill further into areas that even the misfits eschew. Anthropologists say that the interstitialwhatever lies between two familiar oppositesis usually declared either taboo or sacred. John Irving in this magnificent novelhis best and most passionate since The World According to Garphas 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