In 1978, author John Irving rocketed to stardom with a sweeping, complex novel called "The World According to Garp." It featured several characters unfamiliar to most Americans, including Roberta Muldoon, the former Philadelphia Eagles tight-end living as a transsexual. Irving often grapples with bisexuality and non-heterosexual relationships in his novels. His new novel "In One Person" details the story of Bill Abbott, a bisexual boy growing up in the Irving-esque small New England town of First Sister, Vermont.
John Irving, the writer famous for such well-loved and critically acclaimed books as "The World According to Garp" and "The Cider House Rules," has just released a new novel: "Last Night in Twisted River." The novel spans 50 years and follows the life and times of Danny Baciagalupo. When the novel starts, 12-year-old Danny is being raised by his father, Dominic, in a logging camp in New Hampshire. Events unfurl and Danny and Dominic end up on the run. The novel is a return to form for Irving, capturing sadness, isolation, and redemption in exquisite detail and with great humor. We talk to Irving about his new book and why he believes fear makes for better stories than happiness.
John Irving talks about Captain Cook, the history of tattooing, and where to put your favorite sentence when you're writing a novel. He reads from Until I Find You, and explains how not knowing his biological father shaped his life as a writer.
John Irving talks about church organs, the film of Cider House Rules, writers he does and doesn’t admire, and why he rewrote his new novel after he gave it to the publisher.
John Irving is the author of 11 books, including The World According to Garp and The Cider House Rules, for which he also wrote the screenplay.
This week, one of America’s great writers joins Kurt Andersen in Studio 360. John Irving’s new novel is called Until I Find You. It follows a boy, then a man, named Jack Burns as he searches the world for an absent father. Irving tells Kurt about his own missing father, ...