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John Irving Explores Bisexuality in New Book

John Irving Explores Bisexuality in New Book


While promoting his new novel, John Irving shares his thoughts on bisexuality and talks about having boy crushes as a young man.

The book, In One Person, is a first-person narrative of an older bisexual man who struggles with his various attractions -- including those to men, women, and transgender people -- as he looks back on his life.

In the current issue of Entertainment Weekly, the acclaimed author of The Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany says the story isn't autobiographical, but he admits to being drawn to people that society labels misfits. "In my day, there was a deep-set conviction that bisexual men don't exist," says Irving, 70, "that they're just gay men with one foot in the closet. These types of characters attract me because I fear for them."

Irving also admits to being drawn to older classmates while in school. "Was I ever gay or bi?" he offers. "No, but did I ever have unwelcome and sort of gripping crushes on the older boys -- like probably half of the people who went to all-boys schools did? Sure, I did."

Irving says he "hated" himself at the time for being attracted to males.

Read more of the interview here.

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