The Cider House Rules by John Irving


Homer Wells has spent his entire life at St. Cloud’s–an orphanage in rural Maine run by the obstetrician Dr. Larch–the mainstay in Homer’s life and a man that Homer will later learn saves not only babies, but mothers, too.  A beautifully written, character-driven story about the lives of these two men and the effect they have on each other, St. Cloud’s, and the wider world.

For more expansive and lyrical bildungsroman check out these titles:

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

Now is the Hour by Tom Spanbauer

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

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