A prayer for Owen Meany : a novel
A prayer for Owen Meany : a novel

Irving, John, 1942-

Publication Information
[S.l. : s.n.], c1989.

Physical Description
10 books in a cloth bag ; 37 x 15 cm. + 1 folder.

Instant book club.

General Note
A cloth bag containing ten copies of the title that may also include a folder with miscellaneous notes, discussion questions, biographical information, and reading lists to assist the book group discussion leaders.

Subject Term
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- United States -- Fiction.
Belief and doubt -- Fiction.
Mothers -- Death -- Fiction.
Male friendship -- Fiction.
Predestination -- Fiction.
Birthfathers -- Fiction.

Geographic Term
New Hampshire -- Fiction.

Local Subject
Book club kit collection.

Owen Meany, a latter-day prophet and Christ-like figure dies a martyr after having inspired true Christian belief in the narrator, Johnny Wheelwright. The boys grow up close friends in a small New Hampshire town, where Owen's loutish parents own a quarry and where the fatherless Johnny, whose beloved mother never reveals the secret of his paternity, becomes an orphan at age 11 when a foul ball hit by Owen in a Little League game strikes his mother on the head, killing her instantly. The tragedy notwithstanding, Owen and Johnny cleave to a friendship sealed when Owen uses desperate means to keep Johnny from going to Vietnam, and brought to its apotheosis when Johnny is present at the death Owen has seen prefigured in a vision.

LibraryMaterial TypeCall NumberItem AvailableCopiesStatus
R.H. Stafford Library (Woodbury)Book club kitKT FICTION IRV11Kits