“A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving was first published in 1989. It happens to be the seventh published novel by the author.
The story revolves around John Wheelwright and his best friend Owen Meany. Both of them grow up together in a small town in New England during 1950s and 1960s.
Owen happens to be an extraordinary boy in various ways. He has a firm belief that he is God’s instrument, and he believes that he is journeying on a truly extraordinary path.
It is also said that “A Prayer for Owen Meany” is a kind of homage to “The Tin Drum” written by Gunter Grass. That novel is said to have greatly influenced John Irving, as well as a close friend.
Ready Reference Treatise: A Prayer for Owen Meany
Chapter One: Introduction to “A Prayer for Owen Meany”
Chapter Two: Characters
Chapter Three: Summary of the Novel
Chapter Four: Comments on Characters
Chapter Five: Critical Analysis