T.S. Garp--named after the father he never knew--is the son of legendary feminist Jenny Fields. He wants to be taken seriously as a writer, but he can't seem to get out from under the shadow of his famous mother and her entourage of eccentric friends. I read this book in one insomniac night when I was 20. That was 23 years ago. To this day, I think of the characters in the novel as if they were long lost friends.

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