Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 627 pages
Audiobook Length: 27 hours and 19 minutes
First Published: 1989
I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice—not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.
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.
Quotes from A Prayer for Owen Meany
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.
My life is a reading list.
Never confuse faith, or belief—of any kind—with something even remotely intellectual.
Watch out for people who call themselves religious; make sure you know what they mean––make sure they know what they mean!
About John Irving
John Irving is a bestselling author whose works include The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules, The Last Chairlift, and A Prayer for Owen Meany. he won the 2000 Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. Irving currently lives in Toronto. Visit the author’s website →