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Irving Channels ‘Garp’ With Transsexual Wrestler in New Novel

Thirty-four years ago, in “The World According to Garp,” John Irving created a transsexual for the ages in a former football player named Roberta Muldoon. (John Lithgow played her in the movie.)

In his 13th novel, “In One Person,” he’s created another one: a former wrestler, now a librarian, named Alberta (Big Al) Frost.