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.”
"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)
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Fascinating story - not a boring moment.
"In One Person" is a well-written story that is complex, but not difficult to understand. The different characters have a lot of depth and show why John Irving is one of the most successful authors of his time.
John Benjamin Hickey is an absolutely amazing narrator. Even though he doesn't do this regularly as an actor, his voice carries the story gracefully and it made the whole experience of this audio book even better.
I have read several of Irving's books and this is currently my favorite one. Brilliant plot and very entertaining.
- Paul Pulitzer