The World According to Garp, which won the National Book Award in 1980, was John Irvings fourth novel and his first international bestseller. Irvings novels are now translated into thirty-five languages, and he has had nine international bestsellers. In One Person is John Irvings thirteenth novel.
"His most daringly political, sexually transgressive, and moving novel in well over a decade" (Vanity Fair
Winner of a 2013 Lambda Literary Award
A New York Times
bestselling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person
is a story of unfulfilled lovetormented, funny, and affectingand 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
. In One Person
is a poignant tribute to Billys friends and loversa 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."