Avenue of Mysteries

Publisher: Vintage Canada
John Irving returns to the themes that established him as one of North America's most admired and beloved storytellers in this absorbing novel of fate and memory.

As we grow older--most of all, in what we remember and what we dream--we live in the past. Sometimes, we live more vividly in the past than in the present.
     As an older man, Juan Diego will take a trip to the Philippines, but what travels with him are his dreams and memories; he is most alive in his childhood and early adolescence in Mexico. "An aura of fate had marked him," John Irving writes, of Juan Diego. "The chain of events, the links in our lives--what leads us where we're going, the courses we follow to our ends, what we don't see coming, and what we do--all this can be mysterious, or simply unseen, or even obvious."
Avenue of Mysteries is the story of what happens to Juan Diego in the Philippines, where what happened to him in the past--in Mexico--collides with his future.


Praise for John Irving:
"One of the greatest writers of our time. It is impossible to imagine the American--or international--literary landscape without John Irving.... He is as close as one gets to a contemporary Dickens in the scope of his celebrity and the level of his achievement.'" TIME
"Irving's brilliance rests in his ability to make the odd eventually seem ordinary, the wounded no different than the rest of us. There is sorrow, but there is also deep satisfaction." Winnipeg Free Press
"John Irving is an abundantly and even joyfully talented storyteller." The New York Times Book Review
"Irving is among the few novelists who can write a novel about grief and fill it with ribald humor soaked in irony." USA Today
"One of the major writers of our time." Publishers Weekly
"Irving is a compulsive, wildly inventive storyteller.... His writing is enormously readable and accessible. His prose is determinedly straightforward and clear." Los Angeles Times