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The Cider House Rules Summary
John Irving

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The Cider House Rules Summary

Plot Summary

The Cider House Rules is John Irving's sixth novel. The story follows two main characters, Dr. Wilbur Larch and Homer Wells. Dr. Wilbur Larch is an ether addict, the founder of the St. Cloud's orphanage, and an undercover abortionist. Dr. Wilbur Larch offers his services to women who are giving up their babies for adoption, as well as providing safe abortion services to women who are early enough on in their pregnancy to abort the baby. The second primary character of the novel is one of the orphans, Homer Wells, who is never adopted by a permanent family.

Although Homer Wells has the opportunity to go home with several families during his time at the orphanage, something always happens to draw him back to the orphanage. His attraction to the orphanage is partially explained by Homer's relationship with Dr. Larch; he sees Dr. Larch as a father figure...

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