The Imaginary Girlfriend
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In my prep-school days, at Exeter, Creative Writing wasn’t taught — the essay was all-important there — but in my years at the academy I nevertheless wrote more short stories than anything else; I showed them (out of class) to George Bennett, my best friend’s father. The...
1. How would you describe the narrative voice in The Imaginary Girlfriend? What kind of reader do you think John Irving had in mind while writing this memoir?
2. What is the significance of the title?
3. What kind of relationship does The Imaginary Girlfriend suggest Irving has with the...
"An infectious read. I couldn't put it down once I started reading—for its emotional honesty, self-deprecating candor and, perhaps, most inviting of all, the lucidness of the prose.... The Imaginary Girlfriend confirms that he has much to share with aspiring writers, not to mention lovers of good writing." Kitchener-Waterloo Record
"Heartfelt and revealing." The Gazette
"An entertaining glimpse into one of America's most complex novelists." Toronto Sun