'One night when she was four and sleeping in the bottom bunk of her bunk bed, Ruth Cole awoke to the sound of lovemaking - it was coming from her parents' bedroom'. This is the story of Ruth Cole. It is told in three parts: on Long Island, in the summer of 1958, when she is only four; in 1990, when she is an unmarried woman whose personal life is ...
'One night when she was four and sleeping in the bottom bunk of her bunk bed, Ruth Cole awoke to the sound of lovemaking - it was coming from her parents' bedroom'. This is the story of Ruth Cole. It is told in three parts: on Long Island, in the summer of 1958, when she is only four; in 1990, when she is an unmarried woman whose personal life is not nearly as successful as her literary career; and, in the autumn of 1995, when Ruth Cole is a forty-one-year-old widow and mother. She's also about to fall in love for the first time...
Very Good in Very Good jacket. 537. Clean copy; no marks. Stated First Edition plus proper number line. DJ has some tears and is protected by clear mylar cover. Shelved in clean smoke-free environment. Always shipped with confirmation/tracking.
Random House, NY, 1998. 1st edition ed, 1st printing printing, FINE/FINE, Hardcover, 537pppgs. First Trade Edition stated. Black boards with gilt lettering. Fine in Fine dust jacket, like new. ISBN: 0375501371. No names or markings, clean crisp and tight. Shipped in a custom box and packed with care.
Very Good in Fine jacket. Collectible. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. xiv, 537 pages; 25 cm. Near fine. Tight, clean copy. Age toning. Stated "First Trade Edition." Dust jacket protected in a mylar book cover. OVERSIZE! No priority/international, except by special arrangement. "Ruth Cole is a complex, often self-contradictory character--a 'difficult' woman. By no means is she conventionally 'nice, ' but she will never be forgotten. Ruth's story is told in three parts, each focusing on a crucial time in her life. When we first meet her--on Long Island, in the summer of 1958--Ruth is only four. The second window into Ruth's life opens in the fall of 1990, when Ruth is an unmarried woman whose personal life is not nearly as successful as her literary career. She distrusts her judgment in men, for good reason. A Widow for One Year closes in the autumn of 1995, when Ruth Cole is a forty-one-year-old widow and mother. She's about to fall in love for the first time. Richly comic, as well as deeply disturbing A Widow for One Year is a multilayered love story of astonishing emotional force. Both ribald and erotic, it is also a brilliant novel about the passage of time and the relentlessness of grief. / John Winslow Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942. He is the author of nine novels, among them The World According to Garp, The Hotel New Hampshire, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and A Son of the Circus. Mr. Irving is married and has three sons; he lives in Toronto and in southern Vermont."-Publisher.
John Irving's novels have a tendency to push the reader to the edge of their seat. There are no dramatic fight scenes or improbable scenarios. Rather, Irving understands what it is that makes the reader feel uncomfortable, what is just a little too much, but not so much that it becomes unbelievable.
If you read Irving simply for an entertaining story, you will absolutely get it with A Widow for One Year, but if you enjoy experiencing the writer's more subtle tricks, playing off of first sentences and pulling on scenarios from 200 pages earlier to tie together a plot line ever so gracefully, you will be thrilled.
Irving is a master of first sentences (one of his literary passions) and is incredible at pushing the reader to experience his characters in a personal way.
I take a rather long time to read novels, sometimes putting them down for weeks mid-read. But with this particular book, I couldn't put it down. In fact, I was late to more than a few events and dinners because of it.
In other words, highly recommended.
Apr 3, 2007
This is the BEST John Irving book I have read. The story grabs you and pulls you in and keeps a hold on you right to the end. You will be sad to see it end.
The scenes are set with such skill that you can actually see them.
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