Great American Reads: Jo reads A Prayer for Owen Meany

Popular Services Librarian Jo Hansen shares her thoughts on John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany, a novel she read for the first time as part of PBS’s The Great American Read.

We talk about why she selected this novel out of the 100 finalists, her favorite Owen Meany quotes, and why it should be considered an American classic.

Agree? Disagree? Let us know your thoughts! What Great American Reads are you catching up with?


Check out A Prayer for Owen Meany from the library.

Read Jo’s original Shelf Life blog post and see the books other staff chose to read.

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