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From A Novelist Known For The Complexity Of His Novels - They Are Also Long - Comes An Autobiography Of Compelling Simplicity; It Is Also Short. Dedicated To The Memory Of Two Wrestling Coaches And Two Writer Friends, The Imaginary Girlfriend Is A Lucid Portrait Of The Writers And Wrestlers Who Played A Mentor Role In John Irving S Development As A Novelist, A Wrestler And A Wrestling Coach. Moreover, This Candid Memoir Portrays A Father S Dedication To His Children: Irving Coached His Sons Colin And Brendan To New England Championship Titles - A Championship That, As A Competitor, He Himself Was Denied.John Irving Began Writing And Wrestling When He Was Fourteen. He Competed As A Wrestler For Twenty Years, He Was Certified As A Referee For Twenty-Four And He Coached The Sport Until He Was Forty-Seven. His Thirty-Three Years In Wrestling Are Three Times Those He Spent As A Student And A Teacher Of Creative Writing; Yet His Concise Autobiography Details The Interrelationship Of The Disciplines Of Writing And Wrestling - From The Days When Irving Was A Beginner At Both Pursuits Until His Fourth Wrestling-Related Surgery At The Age Of Fifty-Three.The Imaginary Girlfriend Is Both A Work Of The Utmost Literary Accomplishment And A Paradigm For Living.