From a novelist known for the complexity of his novels - they are also long - comes an autobiography of compelling simplicity; it is also short.
Dedicated to the memory of two wrestling coaches and two writer friends, "The Imaginary Girlfriend" is a lucid portrait of the writers and wrestlers who played a mentor role in John Irving's development as a novelist, a wrestler and a wrestling coach.
Moreover, this candid memoir portrays a father's dedication to his children: Irving coached his sons Colin and Brendan to New England championship titles - a championship that, as a competitor, he himself was denied.
John Irving began writing and wrestling when he was fourteen.
He competed as a wrestler for twenty years, he was certified as a referee for twenty-four and he coached the sport until he was forty-seven.
His thirty-three years in wrestling are three times those he spent as a student and a teacher of Creative Writing; yet his concise autobiography details the interrelationship of the disciplines of writing and wrestling - from the days when Irving was a beginner at both pursuits until his fourth wrestling-related surgery at the age of fifty-three. "The Imaginary Girlfriend" is both a work of the utmost literary accomplishment and a paradigm for living.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 160 pages, portraits
- Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/03/1997
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9780552996808