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.”
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"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.” (Abraham Verghese)
"His most daringly political, sexually transgressive, and moving novel in well over a decade." (Vanity Fair)
“In One Person is a rich and absorbing book, even beautiful.” (Esquire)
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
Maybe not. I have read everyone of his books and he has been my favorite author.
This sounds so much like a prayer for Owen Meany. The whole setting is almost identical, a single mom, a private school in New England, the plays, etc. His Books are always similar, but this was way too close to what I consider his best, Owen Meany. Maybe he should cowrite a book within Steven King to spice things up. This could have been titled Owen Meany, the Sequel.
Good reader, and liked his performance. The issue is the material.
Yes I would highly recommend this to a friend. Hickey does an great job with the different characters' voices. Many times the narration will take away from the book as in Jean Auel's latest, but this time it was right on the money. I am an Irving fan and he didn't disappoint.
I liked Elaine, Billy's best friend. She was an interesting character and always true to Billy and to herself.
I enjoyed it immensely when Billy stood up to the bullies that were torturing G. Definitely need more of his type in these days and especially in the 1980's when Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals were finally being heard, and in a limited forum, being accepted.
Obviously the most memorable would be Billy, as he is the main character, but also Mrs. Frost. It was apparent to me from the beginning that she was a biological he, but I liked the way Irving didn't come right out and say it. I liked how she went out of her way to fit in and how the wrestling coach never gave her away. Irving told a story, made his views known without bashing me in the face with it. Great JOB Irving. Applause, applause, applause. Keep 'em coming and I'll keep listening.
The characters are not at all believable. A transgender librarian has intimate relations with an 18 year old student and his family defends the adult?
Clear, good variations between characters.
Say something about yourself!
I am a fan of John Irving. This book really let me down. The story is flat and unremarkable. Only the retelling of the AIDs crisis in the 80s had any emotion to it. It the story of closeted gay man who enjoys his men to have breasts and dress in women's clothing. I would really love money and hours of listening returned to me after this awful listening expereince.
Avid book listener. I love anything James Lee Burke,John Sandford and Nelson Demille. Stephen King has entertained me recently.
Just finished listening and I loved In One Person. Irving has certainly produced a winner.It ranks with A Prayer For Owen Meany. As a 59 year old straight woman I loved all the characters with diverse sexual orientations. In one word great penithesis!! Hickey did a superb job with narration. I rarely listen to a book again but will come back to this one for sure. If you only read one novel this year let it be In One Person. Bravo John Irving!!!!
The story is so well written--sensitive, authentic, real. I loved its subject matter. Thank goodness this is coming out. Top rate work. Thank you.
Narrator was great, book interesting but for me, not on the same level as his earlier works. Certainly won't stop me listening to his others. A slightly disappointing John Irving is still great compared to other writers.
Like most John Irving books I have read, the father of the main character is absent.
Every time my husband walked into the room while I was listening to this book, it was during an explicit homosexual scene. I endured a little bit of good-natured teasing. Maybe I should invest in earphones.
This book is an in-depth story about the coming of age and life of a bisexual man. It's interesting to hear about the point of view of a person whose experiences and feelings are so different from my own humble life. And yet, as a human being, he is just like the rest of us.
John Irving is very ambitious in In One Person: A Novel taking on gender roles and taking them on mainly though not exclusively through his gender bending protagonist, BIlly. The story is LOL at times until AIDS appears later in the book when reality is considerable more somber than playful youth. Billy is in love with the town librarian who appears to be a woman but appearances in this book are often not what they seem. Cutting across the sixty something lifetime of the prep school narrator Irving provides a tour of 20th century gender identification morality and the multiplicity of changes it goes through courtesy of his characters. Cross dressing is a given in Billy’s family with his grandfather eager to take on female roles in the town’s theater group. His birth father’s whereabouts and his legendary and eventually questionable qualities as a lady’s man are part of the finale that wraps up multiple gender shifting roles played by many characters in the book. Dad emerges near the end with a link to a story Billy remembered from a feverish visit of his youth involving a shipmate reading a novel perched atop a storm tossed commode. There is a bit more coming-of-age antics than I would like but Irving’s ability to tie these youthful discoveries to the child being the father of the man give it depth. Altogether a good read and well written as are all of Irving’s books.
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