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In One Person by John Irving

In In One Person, Billy Abbott had an unusual boyhood in a small town in Vermont. His father abandoned the family, and his grandfather, Harry, put on plays at the prep school where Harry would play the female role. Billy falls for the local librarian, who has her own sexual secrets, develops a crush on a man who becomes his stepfather, and competes with a girl for the affection of another male student. Before he set out to make his place in the world, Billy knew he was bisexual. For the next five decades, he moves about the world and back to Vermont, having relationships with men and women, gay, straight, and transgender. He navigates the AIDS crisis, which claims many friends. He's a sexual suspect in a world that doesn't know how to accommodate him. John Irving's novel has received mixed reviews with the St. Petersburg Times saying, "With a Dickens-size cast of vivid characters and a compelling plot, knit together by its theme of sexual identity and its delight in literary connections, In One Person is an exuberant return to form by Irving, reminiscent of his best works."
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