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An Honorable Profession: A Novel

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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 ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 12th 2002 by Grove Press (first published January 1st 1991)
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Feb 09, 2010 Elyse Lohrbach rated it it was ok
A book that embodies the fine, fine line many teachers walk with their students. While the writing wasn't completely engaging, the plot line was plausible. Boy gets sexually victimized by football players in the locker room (with a broomstick...*shudder*), male teacher questioning own sexual orientation reaches out to said boy, boy develops crush on teacher, the town whispers. I think this type of train wreck always interests society because of what teachers are supposed to represent: ...more
Nov 04, 2014 Benjamin rated it really liked it
Miles Bannon is a successful English teacher, know affectionately as Milo by his students he is the most popular teacher in the school. But when a boys' initiation prank in the sports changing rooms goes wrong, it sets in motion a series of events that look to ruin his reputation and his beloved career.

Miles does what he can to help the victim of the prank, but the boy, distanced by his father and initially withdrawn, develops a crush for Miles, leading to confusion for Miles, and eventually ac
Jun 18, 2010 Gili added it
I really regret impulsively buying this book on my trip to Vermont. It's about as boring and simple as most of Vermont. The writing is a disaster. I frequently lose interest, but now I'm one-fourth of the way through and will probably finish it to find out how everything goes down. A big dud to begin my summer; hope it isn't a sign.
Aug 27, 2015 Kim rated it liked it
Kind of a hot mess. There's too much going on here and Miles just annoyed me. He was a man child who just kept making one mistake after another because he was unable or unwilling to face the problems in his life.
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John L'Heureux has served on both sides of the writing desk: as staff editor and contributing editor for The Atlantic and as the author of sixteen books of poetry and fiction. His stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper's, The New Yorker, and have frequently been anthologized in Best American Stories and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. His experiences as editor and ...more
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