Title: A Prayer for Owen Meany
Author: John Irving
Synopsis: “In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy’s mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn’t believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God’s instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.”
Why I can’t live without this book: True confessions: I judged this book by its cover for far too long. Now look y’all, I love me some Jesus (and Jesus loves me some me), but a novel with “prayer” in the title? I assumed it beyond cheesy, with notes of Christian fiction. But have no fear – this is not that book. Irving is brilliant and witty and funny. The book, which spans decades, will make you laugh and cry and feel …and wonder about that one friend from your childhood that also made a lasting impact on you. Read it.
(One of my) favorite quotes: “If you care about something you have to protect it – If you’re lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.” YES.
So, A Prayer for Owen Meany: have you read it, or did you judge a book by its cover for FAR too long and avoid it because of the prayer-filled title?
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