The Fourth Hand

The Fourth Hand

infobox Book |
name = The Fourth Hand
title_orig =
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image_caption = Paperback cover
author = John Irving
illustrator =
cover_artist =
country = United States
language = English
series =
genre = Fiction
publisher = Random House
release_date = July 3, 2001
english_release_date =
media_type = Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
pages = 336 pp
isbn = ISBN 0375506276
preceded_by = A Widow for One Year
followed_by = Until I Find You

"The Fourth Hand" is a 2001 novel written by the American novelist John Irving.

Plot summary

A television correspondent named Patrick Wallingford loses one of his hands while filming near a lion's den at a circus in India. Captured on film and viewed by millions, Patrick becomes an instant celebrity known as "the lion guy." One of the people who witnessed the segment is a woman named Doris Clausen, a Green Bay, Wisconsin housewife, who manages to persuade her husband, Otto, to donate his left hand to Patrick if something were to happen to him.

When Otto shoots himself after the Packers lose the Super Bowl, Doris carries out her promise with one catch: she wants visiting rights to her dead husband's hand.

External links

* [ One Hand Clapping:] NY Times book review
* [ No Hand for Irving:] review by Tony Buchsbaum at January magazine

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