A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy’s mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn’t believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God’s instrument. What happens to Owen, after that 1953 foul ball, is extraordinary and terrifying.

The 199th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 8th on The 100 Favorite Novels of Librarians (Bookman.com)
  2. - 8th on The Celebrity Reading List (Gardiner Public Library)
  3. - 20th on Harvard Book Store Staff's Favorite 100 Books (Harvard Book Store)
  4. - 50th on Koen Book Distributors Top 100 Books of the Past Century (themodernnovel.com)
  5. - 52nd on Waterstone's Books of the Century (LibraryThing)
  6. - 73rd on The New Classics - 100 Best Reads from 1983 to 2008 (Entertainment Weekly)
  7. - The Great American Read (PBS)
  8. - Best Books Ever (bookdepository.com)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
A Prayer for Owen Meany Hardcover 106884 $4.12 $0.01 1989
A Prayer for Owen Meany Audio CD 1015225 $36.27 $15.33 2009
A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel Kindle Edition 1752 $7.99 2012
A Prayer for Owen Meany LP Paperback 57922 $8.71 $8.40 2012
A Prayer for Owen Meany Hardcover 104781 $13.86 $14.31 2013
A Prayer for Owen Meany Mass Market Paperback 377164 $3.28 $0.01 1990
A Prayer for Owen Meany Audio CD 716239 $11.40 $12.84 2013
A Prayer for Owen Meany. a Novel Hardcover 8403492 $27.00 1989
Oracion Por Owen (Fabula (Tusquets Editores)) (Spanish Edition) Paperback 3139903 $16.11 $14.72 2002
By John Irving A Prayer for Owen Meany (Unabridged) [Audio CD] Audio CD 855294 $37.97 $37.94 2013
A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Paperback 493787 $1.72 $0.01 1997
A Prayer for Owen Meany (Modern Library) Hardcover 287380 $12.22 $0.01 2002
A Prayer for Owen Meany Mass Market Paperback 48825 $3.30 $0.01 2012
By John Irving: A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) ( Paperback ) Paperback 327780 $5.23 $3.47 1996
A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY: A NOVEL Unknown Binding 10767966 $1,494.01 $25.00 1989
A Prayer for Owen Meany Publisher: Ballantine Books Paperback 950561 $4.14 $0.01
A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel Paperback 2333 $10.81 $3.57 2012