Friday, September 09, 2005
A WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR by John Irving
The Dickensian storytelling of John Irving will sweep you away in this powerful story about a family in which loss is the touchstone. Celebrated novelist Ruth Cole tries to make sense of her life by trying to understand her mother's disappearance when she was only 4 years old. Marion Cole abandoned her only daughter to the care of her husband Ted (world famous children's author/illustrator) in the heighth of her grief for her dead sons. As is typical in Irving novels, A WIDOW FOR ONE YEAR explores sexual perversity, loss and the healing power of the creative spirit. It is a novel that is perfectly constructed.