An Honorable Profession

A Novel
Author(s): John L'Heureux
Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2007
Product Number: EB00645522
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781555846800
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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A New York Times Notable Book of a young teacher and the scandal that could destroy him. "A combination interior odyssey and intense thriller" (Publishers Weekly). John L'Heureux is one of our most authoritative and compelling novelists, and An Honorable Profession is a "splendid novel" realized "superbly well" about an ordinary New England school where a young teacher's life is about to undergo the most serious of tests (The Star-Ledger). 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. "Brilliant and complex . . . 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 Time Book Review