A new John Irving is always a reason to celebrate. This one is hard to categorise, but follows the familiar Irving structure - the life of its main character from early youth to middle age, and encompassing writing, wrestling and love. In this case, the hero is a bisexual writer from a rural backwater, living through prejudice, love and the horrifying effects of AIDS on his friends and lovers. This is not a laugh riot, and there are some truly upsetting moments, but if you're an Irving fan you won't be disappointed. If not, I'm not sure this is the one to convert you, but it's still an important novel which tackles a subject not often tackled in 'mainstream' literary fiction.