The Cider House Rules
Title: The Cider House Rules
Author: John Irving
The practices of Dr. Wilbur Larch—obstetrician, orphanage director, ether addict, and abortionist—are hindered, abetted, and continued, in turn, by his favorite orphan, Homer Wells.
First published in 1985, The Cider House Rules is John Irving’s sixth novel. Set in rural Maine in the first half of this century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur Larch—saint and obstetrician, founder and director of the orphanage in the town of St. Cloud’s, ether addict and abortionist. It is also the story of Dr. Larch’s favorite orphan, Homer Wells, who is never adopted.