This is my second John Irving book in 2019…there was a sale at a bookstore. The author is an edgy guy and not afraid to write about sex 🙂 Not dirty sex or porn, just the struggles of sex and the complications of it at times.
One of the two main characters is a 16 year old boy, Eddie, who ends up fooling around with an older distraught woman on his summer job. Distraught because her two sons were killed in a car accident and she just can’t deal with it. The woman’s daughter, Ruth, is young and doesn’t really understand what is going on and then they fast forward to years later when the daughter is an adult. Everything I can think about writing, feels like a spoiler so I won’t say much more.
I enjoyed the book. There are lots of twists and turns that are unexpected with the two main characters, Ruth and Eddie are complicated people and you get to follow them from when they were young in the 1950’s to 1995 when their lives continue to intertwine.
Edgy, complicated relationships, and at times hilarious for the situations they get in.
Good summer book.