Books: Doing Things His Way

Maybe John Wheelwright should be in Stockholm," says John Irving, the former college wrestler who pinned the nation's attention in 1978 with The World According to Garp. Maybe, but Toronto turned out to be the perfect place. There one can be away but not away, close to home but not at home. The clean, well-lighted city on Lake Ontario is also where Irving, 47, met his second wife, literary agent Janet Turnbull. Irving and Turnbull were married in 1987, and maintain an apartment in Toronto's Forest Hill section. The author spends about a week each month north of the border, where...

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