In novels such as The Handmaid of Desire and A Woman Run Mad, John L'Heureux brings us the vagaries of middle age, marriage, academia, and religion with a blend of memorable characterizations and twisting plots.
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Date of Birth:
October 26, 1934
Place of Birth:
South Hadley, Massachusetts
Graduate degrees in philosophy and English from Boston College and Harvard University
|The Best Book to Read First|
|A Woman Run Mad|
This story of a beleaguered writer's fascination with a dangerous other woman is L'Heureux at his quirky best. The Chicago Sun-Times pegged it as "A thinking man's Fatal Attraction."
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|The Seven Storey Mountain: An Autobiography of Faith|
We asked L'Heureux which book has most influenced his life, and said it was this 1948 autobiography by Merton, a Trappist monk. "I read it and meditated on it and then left college in my junior year to study for the priesthood," L'Heureux says. "I was no Thomas Merton -- neither as writer, alas, nor as saint -- and I left the Jesuits after 17 years."
|Men at Arms|
L'Heureux cites the World War II Sword of Honor trilogy, which begins with Men at Arms, as one of his ten favorite books; and he counts author Waugh among his top writers for his "glorious satire."
|Photo by Rod Searcey||