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. A married woman in Wisconsin wants to give the reporter her husband's hand, that is, after her husband dies. But the husband is very much alive.
'If you care about something you have to protect it. If you're lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.' Eleven-year-old Owen Meany, playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire, hits a foul ball and kills his best friend's mother.
Owen doesn't believe in accidents; he believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is both extraordinary and terrifying.
John Irving's eleventh novel, epic in scope and his most ambitious and moving work to date, 'Until I Find You' is the story of the actor Jack Burns, his mother Alice who is a Toronto tattoo artist, and his father William - an Edinburgh organist who is addicted to being tattooed. When Jack is four, he travels with Alice to several North Sea ports in search of his father, who is missing. But Alice is a mystery, and William can't be found. Even Jack's memories are subject to doubt.
On a New England campus, Viennese housewife Utchka and her aspiring writer husband live a rather placid life with their two children. Until, that is, they meet Severin Winter, Professor of German and wrestling coach, and his delicate wife Edith at a faculty party.