'Imagine a young man on his way to a less-than-thirty-second event - the loss of his left hand, long before he reached middle age.'
While reporting a story from India, a New York television journalist has his left hand eaten by a lion; millions of TV viewers witness the accident. In Boston, a renowned hand surgeon awaits the opportunity to perform the nation's first hand transplant. A married woman in Wisconsin wants to give the one-handed reporter her husband's left hand, that is, after her husband dies. But the husband is alive, relatively young, and healthy...
A rich and deeply moving tale... Vintage Irving
A beguiling tale of love and redemption
Peerless... Writing without a wasted second
Articulate, clever, quirky, more than a touch profound and very funny
Sharp and very, very funny, this is another of Irving's fiercely original meditations of life's inherent strangeness