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A Prayer for Owen Meany

By Angela Zimmerman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Affecting, darkly comic novel has heavy, mature themes.

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A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY is a dense and darkly comedic novel that has heavy themes and explores serious issues. But it's also incredibly affecting and relatable. The characters are brilliantly crafted and the dialogue is so rich that it's easy to get swept into the story and feel every plot twist and downturn along the way. Irving's ability to lace heavy subject matter -- like war, religion, and tragedy -- into the tribulations of endearing and flawed characters makes for truly a distinctive story.

A Prayer for Owen Meany is an emotional investment, but it's satisfying from start-to-finish. It's ludicrous and heartbreaking, hilarious and horrifying -- and ultimately unforgettable.

Book Details

  • Author: John Irving
  • Genre: Friendship
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Publication date: March 1, 1989
  • Number of pages: 640
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: June 25, 2015

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