A Widow for One Year

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Product Number: Z09531
Released: Aug 01, 2014
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ISBN: #9781490648491
Narrator/s: George Guidall
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John Irving's novels have earned him immense popularity, and two have been made into major motion pictures. The unerring visions of life in The Water Method Man led the Los Angeles Times to call John Irving "a true artist, not afraid to take on great themes." Now, after a long hiatus, he has released a novel filled with his trademark talent for spinning marvelously convoluted tales. Ruth Cole is four years old when she hears gasping sounds coming from her mother's room one night. Walking through their large house in the Hamptons, Ruth passes familiar photographs of two brothers who died before she was born. When Ruth opens the bedroom door, she sees a sight that will be etched in her memory more than those photos-her mother with Eddie, the 16-year-old summer helper. A Widow for One Year is the story of Ruth's unconventional, tragicomic life. As Ruth grows up to become an important author, her years include stories of Eddie, the photographs, the grand house, and her mother. Astonishing in its scope, A Widow for One Year resounds with emotional force and eccentric characters.

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Author(s): John Irving
Narrator(s): George Guidall
Product Number C4570
Released: Apr 24, 2008
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ISBN: #9781436119726
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Author(s): John Irving
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Released: Dec 29, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
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Professional reviews

"All the elements of the author's oeuvre are present in this new novel: children killed in a tragic accident that their parents view as their own fault; prep school send-ups; a sexual relationship that many would consider inappropriate, if not downright objectionable--all illuminated by the thin light of loss. Nothing is missing but one of Irving's trademark bears. George Guidall's tone perfectly captures the bittersweet fairy-tale quality of Irving's work; Guidall clearly understands that Irving's fictional world is well outside the realm of realism. Especially noteworthy is his portrayal of the passage of time; the characters in this novel age 37 years. Child and adolescent turn middle-aged, adults grow old--in each older character Guidall gives us echoes of the younger character we remember. It's as if Guidall's strong and assured portrayal of these characters gives us aural snapshots for our memory's scrapbook. In this way, we truly come to feel as if we know them. E.K.D. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"

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