A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

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I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice — not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.

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The Cider House Rules by John Irving

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In Maine, it is considered wiser just to know something than to talk about it.

The Cider House Rules by John Irving

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In the hospital of the orphanage – the boys’ division at St. Cloud’s, Maine – two nurses were in charge of naming the new babies and checking that their little penises were healing from the obligatory circumcision.