Patrick Wallingford is a New York television journalist reporting a story from India. During a televised segment, Patrick has his hand eaten off by a lion.
In Boston, world renowned hand surgeon Dr. Nick Zajac is trying to deal with his monstrous wife - after their divorce - , make peace with his six-year old son Rudy, keep the family dog Medea (named after a sorceress who killed her children), that suffers from an illness called "dietary indiscretion", from being put to sleep, and be the first doctor to do a hand transplant.
And, in Wisconsin a woman wants to give her dead husband's hand to Patrick...the only problem - her husband is not dead yet!
`The Fourth Hand' is a vintage Irving novel; while at first being a satire, and very funny, it then delves much deeper to examine sex, love, marriage, grief, loss, and ultimately redemption. As the novel begins to open each of the characters lives, the reader is held in a trance, not knowing what shenanigans will befall, or how each of them will become further entwined. And, all the while Mr. Irving keeps a steady hand having each new outrageous situation funny, and believable.
John Irving is the BEST at what he does; he takes a "what if..." question, and then explores it to it's fullest, with hysterical humor, eccentric characters, and heartfelt tenderness leading to an enlightening look at the power of second chances, and succeeding.
Sure to be a classic, `The Fourth Hand' will skyrocket to the top of the bestseller list's. Do yourself a favor, buy the book, set aside a few hours, and enjoy.
A MUST read!