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A widow for one year : a novel

Author: John Irving
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st trade edView all editions and formats
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A girl discovers her mother in bed with a teenage boy and later the mother abandons her. Meanwhile, her father is seducing young girls. So begins the story of Ruth Cole, a famous writer struggling to overcome childhood traumas and find love.
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Genre/Form: Romance fiction
Humorous fiction
Domestic fiction
Humorous stories
Fiction
Love stories
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Irving, John, 1942-
Widow for one year.
New York : Random House, ©1998
(OCoLC)605472099
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Irving
ISBN: 0375501371 9780375501371 055299796X 9780552997966 9780345424716 0345424719 0965589447 9780965589444 0812968573 9780812968576 034543479X 9780345434791
OCLC Number: 37955786
Description: xiv, 537 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: First Sentences: An Introduction to A Widow for One Year / John Irving --
Summer 1958 --
The Inadequate Lamp Shade --
Summer Job --
A Sound Like Someone Trying Not to Make a Sound --
Unhappy Mothers --
Marion, Waiting --
Eddie Is Bored--and Horny, Too --
The Door in the Floor --
A Masturbating Machine --
Come Hither ... --
The Pawn --
Ruth's Right Eye --
Dumping Mrs. Vaughn --
Why Panic at Ten O'Clock in the Morning? --
How the Writer's Assistant Became a Writer --
Something Almost Biblical --
The Authority of the Written Word --
A Motherless Child --
The Leg --
Working for Mr. Cole --
Leaving Long Island --
Fall 1990 --
Eddie at Forty-Eight --
Ruth at Thirty-Six --
The Red and Blue Air Mattress --
Allan at Fifty-Four --
Hannah at Thirty-Five --
Ted at Seventy-Seven --
Ruth Remembers Learning to Drive --
Two Drawers --
Pain in an Unfamiliar Place --
Ruth Gives Her Father a Driving Lesson --
A Widow for the Rest of Her Life --
Ruth's Diary, and Selected Postcards --
The First Meeting --
Ruth Changes Her Story --
Not a Mother, Not Her Son --
The Moleman --
Followed Home from the Flying Food Circus --
Chapter One --
Missing Persons --
The Standoff --
Ruth's First Wedding --
Fall 1995 --
The Civil Servant --
The Reader --
The Prostitute's Daughter --
Sergeant Hoekstra Finds His Witness --
In Which Eddie O'Hare Falls in Love Again --
Mrs. Cole --
Better Than Being in Paris with a Prostitute --
In Which Eddie and Hannah Fail to Reach an Agreement --
A Happy Couple, Their Two Unhappy Friends --
Marion at Seventy-Six.
Responsibility: John Irving.
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'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. and  Read more...

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"Wickedly knowing, mischievously post-modern and magical realist along the lines of Gunter Grass, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Robertson Davies" * Time Out * "Gripping, full of horror and humour" * Read more...

 
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