Until I Find You By John Irving
Ballantine Books / 825 pages / $15.95
For those who can't get enough of John Irving, there is a great deal to have of him here in a humongous novel about a man born to a tattoo-artist mother and an absconding, church-organist father. "Irving remains loyal to his models, Charles Dickens, George Eliot and Thomas Hardy," Joan Mellen wrote here last year. "Fiction for Irving, as for those masters, is biography, the full life of a protagonist, engaging if also substantially flawed."