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A Widow For One Year

A Widow For One Year

Author(s): John Irving

Location(s): Amsterdam

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1990s

‘One night when she was four and sleeping in the bottom bunk of her bunk bed, Ruth Cole awoke to the sound of lovemaking – it was coming from her parents’ bedroom.’

This is the story of Ruth Cole. It is told in three parts: on Long Island, in the summer of 1958, when she is only four; in 1990, when she is an unmarried woman whose personal life is not nearly as successful as her literary career; and in the autumn of 1995, when Ruth Cole is a forty-one-year-old widow and mother. She’s also about to fall in love for the first time…

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