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John Irving Introduces the Bisexual Narrator of His New Novel: VIDEO


John Irving's new novel In One Person, due out at the beginning of next month, features Billy Abbott, a bisexual man reflecting on his life and the years of his burgeoning sexuality, and the distrust others had for him because of it.


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  1. I have always loved this man's work, and can't wait to read his latest. He has always had a compassionate heart for the "others" in his work, and I look forward to his take on this.

    Posted by: JET | Apr 9, 2012 2:27:39 PM

  2. Wow, this is pretty forward-thinking for a heterosexual author. He's likely ahead of the curve of most gay men when it comes to discussions of bisexuality and bi-phobia.

    I'm wondering if "Billy" will also encounter a love/hate relationship with "the B word," much as Cynthia Nixon recently did.

    Posted by: Red Seven | Apr 9, 2012 2:31:25 PM

  3. John irving is a cool guy I use to be his florist he is most certainly evolved...

    Posted by: David Lawrence | Apr 9, 2012 4:10:27 PM

  4. Any new novel by Irving is a cause for celebration - he's one of the best American novelists still working.

    And remember, it was Irving who made transexual (as they said in those days) football player Roberta Muldoon a major character in WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP - it was brave 30+ years to show a strong friendship between a straight man and a transgendered m>f woman.

    Posted by: Sancho | Apr 9, 2012 5:11:57 PM

  5. So the narrator is a non monogamous bisexual man... who wondered why his lovers distrusted him? I guess it's easier to blame it all on other's biphobia and not his infidelity.

    Posted by: John | Apr 9, 2012 6:10:32 PM

  6. Wonderful! Can't wait for the release of this.

    Posted by: jim | Apr 9, 2012 6:17:19 PM

  7. In his next book, the narrator is a unicorn.

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