A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel

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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.

 

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Harper Collins
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Published on
Mar 13, 2012
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Pages
640
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ISBN
9780062204103
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English
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Fiction / Christian / General
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CONTENTS:

The Short Story Collections
THE SKETCH BOOK OF GEOFFREY CRAYON, GENT.
BRACEBRIDGE HALL
TALES OF A TRAVELLER
TALES OF THE ALHAMBRA
THE CRAYON MISCELLANY
WOLFERT’S ROOST

The Short Stories
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF SHORT STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Satires
LETTERS OF JONATHAN OLDSTYLE, GENT.
A HISTORY OF NEW YORK

The Plays
ABU HASSAN
THE WILD HUNTSMAN

The Poetry
LIST OF POEMS

The Non-Fiction
A TOUR ON THE PRAIRIES
CHRONICLE OF THE CONQUEST OF GRANADA
ASTORIA
THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN BONNEVILLE. THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS
LIFE OF OLIVER GOLDSMITH
LIFE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON: VOLUME I

The Criticism
ELIA, AND GEOFFREY CRAYON by William Hazlitt
SPEECH: NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 18, 1842 by Charles Dickens
A FABLE FOR CRITICS by James Russell Lowell
POE, IRVING, HAWTHORNE by George Parsons Lathrop
CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN WASHINGTON IRVING AND EDGAR ALLAN POE

The Biographies
WASHINGTON IRVING by Henry W. Boynton
WASHINGTON IRVING by Charles Dudley Warner

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