The Imaginary Girlfriend : A Memoir, Paperback

The Imaginary Girlfriend : A Memoir Paperback



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
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  • Category: Autobiography: general
  • ISBN: 9780552996808



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