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The Best John Irving Books

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List RulesVote for the John Irving novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

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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  • 1
    243
    42

    First Published1989-03

    Genres (Book)Bildungsroman, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 2

    First Published1978

    SubjectsPopular literature, Women, United States of America, 20th century

    Genres (Book)Literary fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    More The World According to Garp 

    #50 of 161 The Greatest American Novels#139 of 1,236 The Best Novels Ever Written

  • 3
    160
    21

    First Published1985

    SubjectsOrphan, Orphanage, Maine

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 4
    113
    30

    First Published1981

    SubjectsPopular literature

    Genres (Book)Romance novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 5
    80
    28

    First Published1998-05-05

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 6
    56
    22

    First Published1994-08

    SubjectsIndia

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Novel, Detective fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 7

    First Published2009-10-27

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 8

    First Published1996

    Subjects20th century

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 9
    37
    16

    The Fourth Hand

    John Irving

    First Published2001-07-03

    SubjectsHand, Surgery

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 10
    37
    18

    In One Person

    John Irving

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 11
    27
    10

    First Published1972-12

    Genres (Book)Literary fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 12

    First Published1968

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 13
    39
    28

    Until I Find You

    John Irving

    First Published2005-07-12

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 14

    First Published2004-09-28

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

  • 15
    14
    11

    First Published1974-08-12

    SubjectsNew England

    Genres (Book)Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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