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The Leper [NOOK Book]

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Starred Review. Who wants to read a novel about a leper? Anyone who wants to be enlightened, educated and entertained by bestseller Thayer's (The Weatherman) unusual but awe-inspiring hero. After stumbling on a French-German leper village while serving as a marine captain during WWI, John Severson takes a healthy little girl to safety while his near-mutinous men are ordered to return to the front. After an inquiry ends ...
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The Leper

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Overview

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Who wants to read a novel about a leper? Anyone who wants to be enlightened, educated and entertained by bestseller Thayer's (The Weatherman) unusual but awe-inspiring hero. After stumbling on a French-German leper village while serving as a marine captain during WWI, John Severson takes a healthy little girl to safety while his near-mutinous men are ordered to return to the front. After an inquiry ends favorably, Severson returns home to St. Paul, Minn., where he becomes a high school math teacher and is secretly engaged to his favorite student. His happiness shatters after a routine medical check identifies him as a leper. In the wake of the Spanish flu epidemic, this means forced quarantine at Louisiana's Witch Tree leprosarium, which Thayer describes in disturbing and sometimes lurid detail. After escaping from Witch Tree, Severson winds up as the sheriff of Hawaii's Molokai leper colony, a relentless crusader for Hansen's disease sufferers, whose rights as U.S. citizens were too long compromised by fear. This book deserves a wide readership. (Sept.)
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Starred Review One of the characters in this novel asks who’d want to read a book about a leper. If it’s this book, the answer is almost anyone. This is quite simply a wonderful novel, one that delivers on the promise Thayer displayed in his previous fiction (Weather Man, 1995, and Silent Snow, 1999). Its story is simple: the life of soldier turned schoolteacher John Eric Severson, from World War I to the mid-1970s. But this is no typical biographical novel, following the traditional arc of a life, because Severson, soon after his return to the U.S. from the war, is diagnosed with leprosy and sent to a Louisiana leper colony. He never sees his home, his family, or the woman he loves again. This could have been a relentlessly depressing novel—think Count of Monte Cristo without the escape—but Thayer, with consummate grace and sheer storytelling ability, makes it an uplifting, emotionally exuberant story of a man who, faced with insurmountable odds, discovers a sense of self that proves impervious to external discomfort. The book is filled with engaging, memorable supporting players, and Severson himself is such a vividly drawn character that readers may have to remind themselves that he is a fictional character. If a movie had been made from this novel, say, 60 years ago, Gary Cooper would have been the perfect actor to play Severson, a man whose grace and intelligence in the face of tragic adversity is downright inspiring. --David Pitt
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013879607
  • Publisher: North Star Press of St. Cloud, Inc
  • Publication date: 12/16/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 337,293
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    I love Steven Thayer's latest book. I read St. Mudd so many tim

    I love Steven Thayer's latest book. I read St. Mudd so many times. He is an exellent writer and I was so thrilled to see he had a new book out. FAcinating subject. I love that he pulls things from history and creats such an intersting story around it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2014

    This is an amazing book...I read another one of his books titled

    This is an amazing book...I read another one of his books titled The Weatherman (paperback) also excellent.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    Loved it!

    Great read. A rare glimpse into the subject of leprosy. Page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Lmm feb 15

    This was one of the best book I've read in a long time. It had everything mystery, suspence, murder, and love. Well worth the time and money. You'll also be enlighted about lepercy years ago as well as today.

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