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An Honorable Profession

L'Heureux, John

ISBN 10: 0670829196 / ISBN 13: 9780670829194
Published by Viking, 1991
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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First Edition (first printing). A novel by the author of A WOMAN RUN MAD and JESSICA FAYER, the story of a high school teacher who is accused of having an affair with a student. Includes a one-page letter on Stanford University letterhead from L'Heureux to collector Larry Owens apologizing for taking so long to return books to him and offering additional books to "sweeten the apology." Near Fine/Fine -- very light soiling to the boards. Inscribed by L'Heureux on the half title page, as follows: "For Larry & Moneisa Owens, all best wishes -- John L'Heureux November '94.". Bookseller Inventory # 72656

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Title: An Honorable Profession

Publisher: Viking

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition.

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John L'Heureux is one of our most authoritative and compelling novelists, and An Honorable Profession, a New York Times Notable Book, is a "splendid novel" realized "superbly well" (Newark Star-Ledger) about an ordinary New England school where a young English teacher's life is about to undergo the most serious of tests. Miles Bannon works hard and strives to be fair; he enjoys his popularity with students -- a bit too much, sometimes -- but overall he is a good man. When he witnesses a group of students picking on one boy in the shower after football practice, he is suddenly forced to balance his responsibility for the situation with the unexpectedly intimate glimpse he now has of them. And when the victim begins to cling to him in the face of his own father's rejection, Miles finds it perhaps too welcome a feeling. Then comes an accusation of impropriety that will destroy his career -- and transform his life, and who he thought he was, forever. "An Honorable Profession is ... about survival both personal and professional, not merely that but survival with dignity and self-respect." -- Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post Book World "A deeply ambitious novelist ... who isn't afraid of dealing with dark themes and what it means to be fully human." -- Robert Ward, The New York Times Book Review

From Publishers Weekly:

Poet and novelist L'Heureux ( A Woman Run Mad ) here offers a modern-day variation on The Children's Hour with this portrayal of a teacher victimized by a whispering campaign. Miles Bannon is a popular high school English teacher in Boston who enjoys the respect of his students. His mother is dying, he is messily involved with two women and he is plagued by a deep insecurity about his sexual orientation. When a boy who has been sexually brutalized by a gang of football players in the locker room develops a crush on Miles, he fails to discourage it--an ambiguity that triggers bitter accusations after the boy commits suicide. Miles must confront his own nature as he faces the opprobrium of his colleagues and the community. In powerful, graphic prose, L'Heureux succeeds in presenting Miles as a weak hero without alienating the reader. The result is a troubling story--a combination interior odyssey and intense thriller--that doesn't settle for black-and-white answers.
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