Owen Meany, the only child of a New Hampshire granite quarrier, believes he is God’s instrument. He is.
This is John Irving’s most comic novel; yet Owen Meany is Mr. Irving’s most heartbreaking character.
John Irving published his first novel at the age of twenty-six. He has received awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation; he has won an O. Henry Award, a National Book Award, and an Oscar.
In 1992, Mr. Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In January 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.