Book Give Away: A Prayer For Owen Meany

A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving
ISBN: 9780062204097
Imprint: William Morrow Paperbacks (4/3/2012)
Format: Trade PB
Pages: 656

I am thrilled to be able to offer one of my United States readers the opportunity to win a repackaged, newly released edition of John Irving’s classic novel: A Prayer for Owen Meany. Originally published in 1989, William Morrow Paperbacks has released the book (with a redesigned cover) to coincide with World Book Night (April 23rd, 2012).

It is no secret that I love John Irving’s work…and this novel is one of my favorites (read my review). A Prayer for Owen Meany was John Irving’s seventh novel and went on to become a #1 bestseller with over a million copies sold.


From the publisher:

I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice-not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany. In the summer of 1953, two eleven-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.

Read more about the book and get a look inside it by visiting the publisher’s page.


John Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times-winning once, in 1980, for the novel The World According to Garp. In 1992, Irving was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma. In 2000, he won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. In 2001, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Learn more about Irving and his work by visiting the author’s website.


  • Contest open to US postal addresses only.
  • Contest open from April 23, 2012 through April 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm PST.
  • One entry per person.
  • Please complete the survey to enter: Click here to take survey
  • I will draw one winner randomly and announce their name on my blog by May 1st, 2012.

Good luck!!

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    • Trish on April 23, 2012 at 10:01

    I’ve had this book on my shelf for SO long but haven’t had the guts to pick it up yet. Not sure why I have it in my head that it’s a tough one. What a beautiful new cover!

  1. I loved this book, so I am wishing a lot of luck to your entrants! Somebody is going to win an excellent read!

    • Betty on April 24, 2012 at 19:57

    I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this book. Looks sad, but so good. I just finished J. Thomas Shaw’s latest book, “The Rx Factor-” an intriguing medical/political thriller, and have been surfing the web tonight trying to find something new to read. I am going to definitely be checking out “A Prayer for Owen Meany.”

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