A Prayer for Owen Meany, John IrvingMy friend Allison was a little girl when she invited one friend for a birthday party, and it was crashed by another girl. Neither girl were being very friendly. Desperate to jolly the two girls up, she coaxed them into playing a game by offering her two treasured stuffed dogs as prizes. She meant that the girls could have the toys for the weekend only, but they took them forever. Years later, when she was reading A Prayer for Owen Meaney, she came across the scene where the character loses his prized baseball cards. At that point, Allison dropped the book, walked over to the mirror, and balled her eyes out. It was a cathartic moment. The lost toys are still precious to her, but now she has consciously become aware of the loss.Books can do that. If you have a similar story, please drop us a note in the comments section.