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List of the best John Irving books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that John Irving is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. So far Irving has had five of his novels turned into movies, including A Cider House Rules and A Prayer For Owen Meany. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of John Irving who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

Examples include A Widow For One Year and The World According to Garp. What are John Irving's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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89 17
A Prayer for Owen Meany is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best John Irving Books

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80 14
The World According to Garp is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best John Irving Books

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69 11
The Cider House Rules is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best John Irving Books
The Cider House Rules John Irving

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50 14
A Widow for One Year is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best John Irving Books
A Widow for One Year John Irving

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42 10
The Hotel New Hampshire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best John Irving Books

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25 5
Last Night in Twisted River is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best John Irving Books

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19 6
Until I Find You is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best John Irving Books
Until I Find You John Irving

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16 5
In One Person is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best John Irving Books
In One Person John Irving

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17 6
A Son of the Circus is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best John Irving Books
A Son of the Circus John Irving

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13 6
The Fourth Hand is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best John Irving Books
The Fourth Hand John Irving

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7 2
The 158-Pound Marriage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best John Irving Books

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9 5
The Water-Method Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best John Irving Books
The Water-Method Man John Irving

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6 2
Setting Free the Bears is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best John Irving Books

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5 2
Trying to Save Piggy Sneed is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best John Irving Books

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4 1
A Sound Like Someone Trying No... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best John Irving Books