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In One Person

Title

In One Person

Authors

John Irving

Publisher

Simon & Schister

Pages

425 pages

Publication Year

2013

ISBN

9780594676904

Genre

realism

Topic

LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Bisexuality; bisexual teenager; bisexual adult

Annotation

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."

Grade Level

9-12

Family Formation

mother and father

Main Character

boy

Diversity Impact

direct

LGBTQ+

male/female

Race/Ethnicities

White

Keywords

identity; 1950s; sexual freedom; novelist; coming of age

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

In One Person

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