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A Prayer for Owen Meany

by John Irving [edition - 1989]
ASIN: 0345361792

"And as for Gordon Lightfoot and Neil Young, as for Joni Mitchell and Ian and Sylvia -- I'd already heard Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, and Hester, I'd even heard Hester sing Four Strong Winds. She was always quite good with the guitar, she had her mother's pretty voice -- although Aunt Martha's voice was not as pretty as my mother's -- which was merely pretty, not strong enough, not developed. Hester could have stood about five years of lessons from Graham McSwiney, but she didn't believe in being taught to sing. Singing was something "inside" her, she claimed."

(Contributed by Janine Sherman)


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