Literature: A Widow For One Year

A Widow for One Year (1998) is the ninth novel published by American author John Irving. The first half was adapted into the 2004 film The Door In The Floor. The plot follows Ruth Cole, who is four years old in the first section of the book. Her mother, grieving over the loss of Ruth's older brothers, begins an affair with a teenager, while Ruth's father, Ted, carries on a number of affairs. The second half of the plot follows Ruth as an adult.


Some tropes found in the novel include: