By John Irving
i'm doomed to recollect a boy with a wrecked voice—not as a result of his voice, or simply because he used to be the smallest individual I ever knew, or perhaps simply because he was once the tool of my mother's dying, yet simply because he's the explanation i think in God; i'm a Christian as a result of Owen Meany.
in the summertime of 1953, eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are taking part in in a bit League three-hitter in Gravesend, New Hampshire. one of many boys hits a bad ball that kills the opposite boy's mom. The boy who hits the ball doesn't think in injuries; Owen Meany believes he's God's device. What occurs to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is awesome.
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