Novelist Irving back with another tale of a life spent exploring sexuality and sexual identity

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May 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm  •  Posted in Books by  •  0 Comments

Novelist John Irving, known for books The World According to Garp, The Hotel New Hampshire and A Prayer for Owen Meaney, amongst others, is back with another tale exploring sexuality and sexual identity, this time from the perspective of a bisexual narrator. And being a John Irving novel you can expect to encounter wrestling, New England boarding schools, time spent in Vienna and Toronto, and of course a lot of focus on sex and what the publishing house calls “sexual deviants.”

Novelist John Irving

For many bisexuals the statement “I knew that no one person could rescue me from wanting to have sex with men and women,” from In One Person‘s narrator Billy Abbot, will ring true. As will Irving’s depiction of a lack of understanding for such yearnings and views, not just from the heterosexual majority but from much of the gay community itself.

But rather than go on about the novel and what it means here, I’d urge you to do what I’m going to: grab a copy and start reading.

Read the Vancouver Sun’s coverage of the novels release

Read the press materials from Publisher Simon & Schuster

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