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By John Irving

“The first of my father’s illusions used to be that bears may perhaps live to tell the tale the lifestyles lived through people, and the second one used to be that humans may possibly live on a existence led in hotels.” So says John Berry, son of a hapless dreamer, brother to a cadre of eccentric siblings, and chronicler of the lives lived, the loves skilled, the deaths met, and the myriad unusual and lovely instances encountered through the relations Berry. Hoteliers, pet-bear vendors, associates of Freud (the animal coach and vaudevillian, that is), and playthings of mad destiny, they “dream on” in a humorous, unhappy, outrageous, and relocating novel via the striking writer of A Prayer for Owen Meany and final evening in Twisted River.

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