IN ONE PERSON. By John Irving. Simon & Schuster ($28).
Even before you read his first marvelously crafted paragraph, you know what you're going to get when you pick up a John Irving novel.
The author of such masterworks as "The World According to Garp," "The Cider House Rules" and "A Prayer for Owen Meany" tends to revisit many signature themes and character types in his storytelling.
"In One Person," Irving's 13th novel, is no exception.