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A Widow For One Year

Irving, John

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ISBN 10: 0375501371 / ISBN 13: 9780375501371
Published by Random House Inc, NY, 1998
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Black boards with Black cloth spine with gold lettering on spine. Crisp, clean, bright and tight. Signed by the author on the title page under the author's name. Stated first trade edition. very good if not fine condition. A black line on the bottom page edges. The dust jacket has minimal if any shelf wear and is now in a protective clear mylar sleeve. "Twenty years after The World According to Garp, John Irving gives us a new novel about a family marked by tragedy. Ruth Cole is a complex, often self-contradictory character - a "difficult" woman. Ruth's story is told in three parts, each focusing on a critical time in her life.". Bookseller Inventory # aa001924

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Title: A Widow For One Year

Publisher: Random House Inc, NY

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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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.


"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" (Literary Review)

"A compelling chronicle of love and loss... His most intricate and fully imagined novel" (San Francisco Chronicle)

"Irving's storytelling has never been better" (New York Times)

"His best since Garp" (Time)

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