A classmate of Owen and John’s, Larry is the rich, spoiled son of Herb Lish, a movie producer, and Mitzy Lish, a socialite. Larry is said to be “a charming sociopath” and a womanizer who seduces girls into sleeping with him, then forces them to get abortions in Sweden if they become pregnant. He is a witty editor of the school newspaper, and he offends Owen by repeating a rumor heard from his mother that Marilyn Monroe is sleeping with President Kennedy, who is Owen’s idol. Larry gets Owen expelled from school by tattling on Owen for making him a fake ID to buy alcohol. Ironically, he eventually becomes a well-known journalist who writes with a self-righteous and moralizing tone.
Larry Lish Character Timeline in A Prayer for Owen Meany
The timeline below shows where the character Larry Lish appears in A Prayer for Owen Meany. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: The Dream
...against Owen, but he soon receives evidence of a different transgression—Owen’s old fake ID business. Larry is busted buying beer, and he rats Owen out for selling fake IDs to the... (full context)
Chapter 8: The Finger
Chapter 9: The Shot