The Leper

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A veteran of World War I, John Severson becomes a school teacher in a tough, working-class St. Paul neighborhood where a high school diploma is a rarity. Severson has dreams, aspirations. But omething had happened to him during the war, something awful. And it follows him home and changes every part of his life. John Severson becomes a leper. Instantly he is torn from his dreams, disconnected from his beautiful plan, ripped from the woman he loves. But Severson is determined to reclaim what he lost, to overcome ...

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Overview

A veteran of World War I, John Severson becomes a school teacher in a tough, working-class St. Paul neighborhood where a high school diploma is a rarity. Severson has dreams, aspirations. But omething had happened to him during the war, something awful. And it follows him home and changes every part of his life. John Severson becomes a leper. Instantly he is torn from his dreams, disconnected from his beautiful plan, ripped from the woman he loves. But Severson is determined to reclaim what he lost, to overcome the horror that is leperosy, to dream again.

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878392667
  • Publisher: North Star Press of Saint Cloud
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 398
  • Sales rank: 1,382,684
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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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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  • 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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