Lisa says… Read “Last Night in Twisted River,” by John Irving

By Lisa Hamilton

Last Night in Twisted River
Last Night in Twisted River
by John Irving

Last Night in Twisted River is John Irving’s twelfth novel that maybe only a true Irving fan will love. I am such a fan. I think John Irving is one of the great, unique contemporary authors of our time. Works like Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany and The World According to Garp, to name a few, exemplify John Irving’s talent as a master storyteller who uses colorful places and characters that often seem to develop through a series of accidents. This book appears to be somewhat semi-autobiographical and is entertaining to the end of its 550 pages.

Spanning five decades, the story begins in a Northern New Hampshire logging settlement where an anxious twelve year old boy mistakes a constable’s girlfriend for a bear. (Yes, isn’t there often a bear in some shape or form in Irving’s novels?) He and his father are forced to become fugitives, and they flee New Hampshire and travel to Boston, Iowa, Vermont and Toronto. The relationships and the characters are what captivate the heart and the spirit of the reader, as well as the constant humor Irving always manages to find in every aspect of people and places. John Irving seems to want a happy ending in life and, like many of his novels, you’ll have to read this one to see if that happens.

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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