Saturday, September 26, 2015

Book Spotlight Giveaway! The Fourth Hand by John Irving

I have sooooo many books! I have a ton of print books and probably even more e-books. The Book Spotlight feature that I post every Saturday is a way for me to clear my shelves and to share some of the books I have. There are a lot of different reasons that I might be letting some of my books go, the biggest one is that when we moved I discovered just how many books I really do have. This feature is a way for my to cull my collection and to give someone else the opportunity to enjoy them.

My daughter recently moved and wants to clear out her bookshelves. Like mother, like daughter, right? So this week's book is one from her. I have read a few of John Irving's book. As a matter of fact, I was kind of surprised at how many I have read when I looked at his list of books. This one sounds like another good read.

Good luck and be sure to stop back next week!

The Fourth Hand

The Fourth Hand by John Irving
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 29th 2003 by Fawcett Books

While reporting a story from India, a New York television journalist has his left hand eaten by a lion; millions of TV viewers witness the accident. In Boston, a renowned hand surgeon awaits the opportunity to perform the nation’s first hand transplant; meanwhile, in the distracting aftermath of an acrimonious divorce, the surgeon is seduced by his housekeeper. A married woman in Wisconsin wants to give the one-handed reporter her husband’s left hand—that is, after her husband dies. But the husband is alive, relatively young, and healthy.

About the author

John Irving was born in Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1942. His first novel, Setting Free the Bears, was published in 1968, when he was twenty-six. He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, and coached wrestling until he was forty-seven.

Mr. Irving has been nominated for a National Book Award three times—winning once, in 1980, for his novel The World According to Garp. He received an O. Henry Award in 1981 for his short story “Interior Space.” In 2000, Mr. Irving won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules. In 2013, he won a Lambda Literary Award for his novel In One Person.

An international writer—his novels have been translated into more than thirty-five languages—John Irving lives in Toronto. His all-time best-selling novel, in every language, is A Prayer for Owen Meany. Avenue of Mysteries is his fourteenth novel.

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  1. Sounds like fun to be at the South Dakota Book Festival! Okay, I would like to meet either of the two authors at the South Dakota Book Festival, but if I had a choice I would love to meet Paula Hawkins, Lisa Scottoline, Mitch Albom, to name a few.

  2. I would like to meet Calamity Jane experts Richard Etulain and James McLaird. I live in the desert Southwest so I really enjoy learning about the pioneer life and the Wild West.

  3. I think Agatha Christie would have been an interesting woman. Although it would be a little difficult to meet with her!

  4. I would love to meet Ann Rule, but sadly, she just recently passed. I cried because I have loved her for years.


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