Topic of Discussion:
A Prayer for Owen Meany, published in 1989, Is a meditation on faith and doubt. The narrator of the story, John Wheelwright, reflects on his childhood throughout the novel. The story revolves around his friendship with Owen Meany, a dwarf with religious revelations that have implications throughout the course of the characters’ lives. The novel touches on political and social conflicts during the time of Wheelwright’s writing (the 1980s) and throughout his childhood and young adult life (beginning in the 1950s). The novel’s setting overlaps with some of the most memorable times in the second half of America’s twentieth century, including the Vietnam War and the Reagan administration.
Irving drew inspiration from The Tin Drum by Günter Grass and The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. A Prayer for Owen Meany was voted one of America’s favorite 100 novels for the PBS Great American Read program in 2018. It has been adapted into a film (Simon Birch, 1998), multiple plays, and a five-part BBC radio play (A Prayer for Owen Meany, 2009).
John Irving, an incredibly prolific modern American novelist, was born in 1942 in New Hampshire. His works include The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Widow for One Year, and many other novels and short stories. He has won multiple awards for his novels and screenplays and is regarded as one of today’s modern classic writers. Irving continues to write today.
We will be meeting at 7:00, but come at 6:30 if you would like to join us for dinner.