The characters - former lovers - are talking in the front of a pick-up truck, and things are developing from there. Yes, it's well written but I could have guessed it was written by a man, and appreciated by a man. One of them (the woman) has her hunting rifle with her and where a woman writer might have written in detail about what she was wearing, John Irving gives us lots of detail about the gun. I did wonder if it was an elaborate metaphor for something else, but came to conclusion that no, it was just a gun.
There's no doubting that men like facts and machines in a way that women generally don't. Similarly, women like reading what another male friend calls 'the soppy stuff'. When I read War and Peace as a teenager I remember skipping all the battle stuff but lapping up Pierre and Natasha's story. Perhaps that's where great literary works score - they have a balance between female and male appealing qualities.
Hmm. Right - off to put some facts and machines in the WIP!