John Irving Readalikes
John Irving’s novels present life as both comically absurd and inescapably tragic. There’s a frequent confrontation with contemporary issues, such as feminism, adultery, and abortion, as well as an embrace of such humane impulses as the rescuing of victims and guarding of loved ones. Though the situations are often highly unusual, the characters are believable. The following titles have similarities to the work of John Irving in having a similar conversational tone, motifs, or overall theme. All of these titles are located in the Adult Fiction section of the Library unless otherwise noted.
Baker, Larry. The Flamingo Rising.1997.
Baxter, Charles. The Feast of Love. 2000.
Bohjalian, Chris. The Buffalo Soldier. 2002.
Boyle, T. Coraghessan. The Inner Circle. 2004.
Cheever, John. The Wapshot Chronicle. 2003.
Coomer, Joe. The Loop. 1992.
Dalton, John. The Inverted Forest. 2011.
Dobyns, Stephen. The Wrestler’s Cruel Study. 1993.
Dufresne, John. Love Warps the Mind A Little. 1997.
Dunn, Katherine. Geek Love. 1989.
Galloway, Steven. Finnie Walsh. 2000.
Gowdy, Barbara. Mister Sandman. 1996.
Grass, Gunter. The Tin Drum. 1962.
Hassler, John. Rookery Blues. 1995.
Johnston, Wayne. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. 1998.
Kokoris, Jim. The Pursuit of Other Interests. 2009.
Moody, Rick. The Ice Storm. 1994.
Mosher, Howard Frank. The Fall of the Year. 1999.
Powers, Richard. The Gold Bug Variations. 1991.
Raymo, Chet. The Dork of Cork. 1993.
Richler, Mordecai. Barney’s Version. 1997.
Robbins, Tom. Another Roadside Attraction. 1971.
Russo, Richard. Nobody’s Fool. 1993.
Russo, Richard. The Risk Pool. 1998.
Shields, Carol. Larry’s Party. 1997.
Udall, Brady. The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint. 2001.