A Widow for One Year

A Widow for One Year

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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. "From the Hardcover edition."show more

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  • CD-Audio | 20 pages
  • 129.5 x 149.9 x 58.4mm | 521.64g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0739320912
  • 9780739320914
  • 2,094,378

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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. "From the Hardcover edition.show more

About John Irving

John Irving is the author of numerous novels for adults, including "A Widow for One Year, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany," and "The World According to Garp." He lives in Vermont and Toronto.show more

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"BY TURNS ANTIC AND MOVING, LUSTY AND TRAGIC, "A Widow for One Year" is bursting with memorable moments." --"San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle ""WISELY AND CAREFULLY CRAFTED . . . Irving is among the few novelists who can write a novel about grief and fill it with ribald humor soaked in irony." --"USA Today ""IRVING'S MOST ENTERTAINING AND PERSUASIVE NOVEL SINCE . . . "THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP."" --"The New York Times ""DEEPLY AFFECTING . . . The pleasures of this rich and beautiful book are manifold. To be human is to savor them." --"Los Angeles Times Book Review ""A POWERFUL TALE TO ADD TO AN ALREADY EXTRAORDINARY BODY OF WORK FROM A GREAT AMERICAN WRITER." --"Richmond Times-Dispatch ""MASTERFUL . . . POWERFUL . . . Irving's best books are Dickensian in their rich characters, plotting and language--and of course, in moving the reader. On the final page of "A Widow for One Year" . . . I literally burst out crying." "--Orlando Sentinel ""A sprawling 19th-century production, chock full of bizarre coincidences, multiple plot lines, lengthy digressions, and stories within stories. . . . An engaging and often affecting fable, a fairy tale that manages to be old-fashioned and modern all at once." --"The New York Times ""[Irving's] characters can beguile us onto thin ice and persuade us to dance there. His instinctive mark is the moral choice stripped bare, and his aim is impressive. What's more, there's hardly a writer alive who can match his control of the omniscient point of view." --"The Washington Post Book World ""In the sprawling, deeply felt "A Widow for One Year," John Irving has delivered his best novel since "The World According to Garp." . . . Like a warm bath, it's a great pleasure to immerse yourself in." --"Entertainment Weekly ""Enchantingly balances the haunting tug of grief with the lure of enduring love . . . Irving's rich narrative and his sense of play resultfshow more

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