The Leper

The Leper

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by Steve Thayer
     
 

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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

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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 the horror that is leperosy, to dream again.

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Publishers Weekly

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:
09/01/2008
Pages:
389
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Steve Thayer is the New York Times best-selling author of The Weatherman, Silent Snow, and The Wheat Field, as well as five other novels. He lives in his hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota. To learn more visit his web site at www.stevethayer.com.

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The Leper 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book...I read another one of his books titled The Weatherman (paperback) also excellent.
BookloverBC More than 1 year ago
Great read. A rare glimpse into the subject of leprosy. Page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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