In One Person (Hardcover)
A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love—tormented, funny, and affecting—and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of In One Person, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a “sexual suspect,” a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of “terminal cases,” The World According to Garp.
His most political novel since The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving’s In One Person is a poignant tribute to Billy’s friends and lovers—a theatrical cast of characters who defy category and convention. Not least, In One Person is an intimate and unforgettable portrait of the solitariness of a bisexual man who is dedicated to making himself “worthwhile.”
About the Author
The World According to Garp, which won the National Book Award in 1980, was John Irvings fourth novel and his first international bestseller. Irvings novels are now translated into thirty-five languages, and he has had nine international bestsellers. In One Person is John Irvings thirteenth novel.
Praise for In One Person…
"This tender exploration of nascent desire, of love and loss, manages to be sweeping, brilliant, political, provocative, tragic, and funnyit is precisely the kind of astonishing alchemy we associate with a John Irving novel.The unfolding of the AIDS epidemic in the United States in the '80s was the defining moment for me as a physician. With my patients deaths, almost always occurring in the prime of life, I would find myself cataloging theotherlossesnamely, what these people might have offered society had they lived the full measure of their days: their art, their literature, the children they might have raised. In One Personis the novel that for me will define that era.A profound truth is arrived at in these pages. It is Irving at his most daring, at his most ambitious.It is America and American writing, both at their very best.
"In One Person is a novel that makes you proud to be human. It is a book that not only accepts but also loves our differences. From the beginning of his career, Irving has always cherished our peculiaritiesin a fierce, not a saccharine, way. Now he has extended his sympathiesand oursstill further into areas that even the misfits eschew. Anthropologists say that the interstitialwhatever lies between two familiar oppositesis usually declared either taboo or sacred. John Irving in this magnificent novelhis best and most passionate since The World According to Garphas sacralized what lies between polarizing genders and orientations. And have I mentioned it is also a gripping page-turner and a beautifully constructed work of art?"
"His most daringly political, sexually transgressive, and moving novel in well over a decade."Vanity Fair
"A brave and affecting depiction of how in one life (sexual and otherwise) we contain multitudes."Elle
In One Person is a rich and absorbing book, even beautiful.Esquire
[In One Person] is a staggeringly ambitious work, and its success reaffirms Irvings place among our greatest working novelists. BookPage (Fiction Top Pick, May 2012)
Few writers can craft misfits with the tenderness of Irving, and this tragicomic portrait of a bisexual man is a masterpiece of sympathy and imagination.Departures
GorgeousIrving remains a master builder when it comes to constructing an epic plot filled with satisfying twists. Entertainment Weekly
It is impossible to imagine the American or international literary landscape without John Irving.He has sold tens of millions of copies of his books, books that have earned descriptions like epic and extraordinary and controversial and sexually brave. And yet, unlike so many writers in the contemporary canon, he manages to write books that are both critically acclaimed and beloved for their sheer readability. He is as close as one gets to a contemporary Dickens in the scope of his celebrity and the level of his achievement. Time