John Irving’s novel A Prayer for Owen Meany is a coming-of-age story about two boys growing up in Gravesend, New Hampshire. It centers around the friendship of two boys named John Wheelwright and Owen Meany.
The story is narrated by Johnny Wheelwright, a quiet and unassuming boy. He lives with his grandmother and mother, and has no idea who his father is.
Early Life and Education
John Meany was born in Prescott, Arizona. He attended high school and college before pursuing his career in engineering.
He worked for OE-supplier United Technology Automotive before he moved to Detroit, Michigan. After a few years, he switched companies to work for Bosch.
The novel A Prayer for Owen Meany is a long, sprawling story that shifts back and forth between the life of its central character, John Wheelwright, and that of his best friend, Owen Meany. The book is a study of religious doubt and faith, as well as of American history during the 1960s to the 1980s.
Irving also explores the repercussions of Owen Meany’s faith. He shows how Owen’s belief that there are certain events in life that have a purpose and are orchestrated by God can be symbolic of larger social issues.
John Meany is a financial advisor who has been working in the industry for 28 years. He is registered with Cetera Advisor Networks LLC and serves investors in Florida and New Jersey.
He is a Certified Financial Planner and holds Series 65 and 63 licenses. He is also an investment advisor representative and has worked for Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, Summit Financial Group Inc, Financial Northeastern Securities, Inc and Summit Brokerage Services.
In his professional career, he has developed leadership and professional communication programs that have been used for educational institutions, non-profit organizations, businesses and government agencies throughout the world. He has taught hundreds of thousands of teachers and students in over 35 years how to use these methods.
Achievements and Honors
John Meany was a standout in his department as well as the CMC community. He was the recipient of the Exceptional Service Award in 2007, a coveted award that honors faculty, staff, and students whose outstanding contributions to the College are unmatched by their colleagues. His name may be familiar to the public as the inventor of the Public Debate Program, one of the most successful educational outreach programs in the history of Claremont.
Aside from the award winning Public Debate Program, John Meany is also a prolific writer of both fiction and nonfiction. His most recent book, The Art of Deception, is a sweeping saga that examines the impact of deception on human beings, focusing on the impact of a deceptive social norm. The book, which won the prestigious Kindle First award for Best Science Fiction of 2009, is a must read for readers who enjoy exploring the dark side of the human experience.
John Meany is a well-known author of fiction. He has written several novels that are a blend of horror, suspense and fantasy.
He is a Canadian citizen who teaches literature at a high school for girls. He is also a writer of nonfiction and enjoys reading, movies and MMA fighting.
He wrote A Prayer for Owen Meany, a long novel with two viewpoints. The first is that of John Wheelwright, a man in his forties who looks back nearly forty years to the events that occurred during his childhood and early manhood.
John Irving is an American author and screenwriter. His five novels, including The World According to Garp (1978; film 1982), The Cider House Rules (2000), and A Prayer for Owen Meany (1996), have been adapted into several films.
His books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages and have won a number of literary awards. He is best known for his witty, engaging stories and colorful characterizations.
He is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada. He lives in Toronto.
His wife is Shyla Leary and they have two children, Colin Irving and Brendan Irving. He also has one son, Everett Irving.