‚Äč Skip to Main Content

Summer Reading 2017: A Prayer for Owen Meany

Find the book you want to read this summer!

Mary is all about reading this book because...

This book is absurd & touching with idiosyncratic characters! Written by John Irving, a great storyteller.

About the Book

A Prayer for Owen Meany

by John Irving

Diminutive Owen  Meaney, the social outcast with the high, pinched voice, has an enormous influence on his friend Johnny Wheelwright--not least because the only baseball Owen  ever hits causes the death of Johnny's mother. But as Johnny claims, "Owen  gave me more than he ever took from me. . . . What did he ever say that wasn't right?" Spookily prescient, convinced that he is an instrument of God, Owen  intimidates child and adult alike. Why Johnny "is a  Christian because of Owen  Meaney" is the novel's central mystery but not its only one: Who, for  instance, was Johnny's father? Untangling these knots, the adult Johnny pauses to consider his religious convictions and distaste of American politics in passages that are neither especially persuasive nor effectively integrated into the book. And though Owen  is a  compelling presence, his power over others is not entirely convincing. Readers will be drawn in by the story of the boys' friendship and by the desire to see some resolution to Johnny's mysteries.

For fans of

  • The Art of Fielding
  • On the Road
  • Dickens
  • Offbeat and moving books

About the Reader

Mary Murphy, Science

In the past, Mary has recommended the following books:

  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Anhililation by Jeff VanderMeer
  • 11/22/63 by Stephen King
  • The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach