A Prayer for Owen Meany
by John Irving
performed by Joe Barrett
Published 1989 by Garp Enterprises
26 hours, 57 minutes. Unabridged.
In the summer of 1953, two 11-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 and terrifying.
I loved this book! A wonderful story of friendship and relationships, beautifully read by Joe Barrett. I am not a religious person and there are a lot of biblical references to deal with. But that aside, I loved the way the story flowed and the characters are superb. I particularly liked Johnny’s grandmother and of course I fell under Owen Meany’s spell too. I will be looking for more of John Irvings work in the future.