"The Cider House Rules is difficult to define and impossible not to admire" Daily Telegraph "John Irving has been compared with Kurt Vonnegut and J. D. Salinger but is arguably more inventive than either. Wry, laconic, he sketches his characters with an economy that springs from a feeling for words and mastery over his craft. This superbly original book is one to be read and remembered" The Times "Funnier than Garp...it's an irresistibly readable yarn spun by a master's voice" Time Out "Like the rest of Irving's fiction, it is often disconcerting, but always exciting and provoking" Observer
First published in 1985 by William Morrow, The Cider House Rules is John Irving's sixth novel. Set in rural Maine in the first half of the twentieth century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch—saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud's, ether addict and abortionist. It is also the story of Dr. Larch's favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted.