The glib, cocky, but well-liked Rick O'Donnell seems to have it all: a loving wife and three beautiful little children, a coterie of wisecracking friends, the respect of his professors, and a bright future ahead of him in the ivied halls of academe.
The charming young professor-to-be, however, also hides a desperate secret: his brief, passionate affair with a hauntingly alluring girl who had been his own student just the semester before, and who now is a fellow teaching assistant with an office right down the hall from his. If the truth comes out, he stands to lose everything-his once-promising career, his marriage, perhaps even his life itself.
In a finely grained, allusive, sometimes lyrical tale that explores the secret needs of the human condition, the vulnerabilities and the confused motivations, the soul-searching and the angst, a man now struggles, even with his shortcomings and the wrongs he has committed, to do right. And yet as Rick is confronted with the one thing he cannot have revealed, he is forced in the desperate silence of his guilt to work through all the gnawing uncertainties and the memories he had thought were buried in the past.
Hailed as "vivid" and "emotional," "smoothly presented" and "carefully crafted," with an "unexpected conclusion...both believable and satisfying," the sensual, poignant literary drama Student Body is the frank and intimate tale of the harrowing week and a half which will decide a deeply conflicted man's entire future...and the lives of the women who love him.
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About the Author
Rafeeq O. McGiveron is a writer and educator with a knowledge of...well, writing and education, along with literature, cats, and other sundries. Holding a B.A. with Honor in English and History, an M.A. in English and History, and another M.A. in English, he spent the first 12 years of his career teaching English at places like Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, and Western Michigan University, while since the turn of the century he has focused on advising students at LCC.
As a writer, McGiveron currently may be best known for his literary criticism. In academic journals he has published some two-dozen articles on a fair range of authors, though it is his work on Ray Bradbury and Robert A. Heinlein that probably is most familiar to students. Most recently, he wrote for, collected, and edited Critical Insights: Fahrenheit 451 for Salem Press in 2013, and in 2014 he released his novel of literary fiction, Student Body.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Throughout most of the book, Rick O’Donnell is apprehensive. Yeah, getting outted for a student affair can do that to you. In the beginning, Rick tries to justify his wandering eye and his appreciation for the beauty of the feminine form. Hey, he is a man, after all. But what’s to happen to his job, his career prospects, his marriage, his children? On and on, he rants of years wasted, of a life chucked down the drain, of having to start anew with a mark on your character. He makes himself crazy with anxiety and depression, often recalling references from timeless literary pieces. At times, the writing tended to drag on pointlessly. If he didn’t lose any of his assets, he shouldn’t have risked them. It all goes back to the old saying: “Don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time.” Although intellectually pensive, Rick is a brooding and fragile character—so fragile that the tiniest fracture sends him into a dark tailspin. Perhaps it was his languorous strive for perfection and his overbearing conscience that sent him to his self-demise. It was almost poetic, which was ironic because that’s what he teaches. Overall, the story was ponderous and monotonous. The main character was just too analytical and guilt-ridden that it overwhelmed the plot. Was this a story of love or the feeling of love? Or was this more about self-reflection and redemption?
The title, “Student Body” is a double entendre at minimum—perhaps a triple or quadruple? It depends on how you look at and analyze the story. The author does a good job describing the pain, fear, guilt, emotion, and self-recrimination of the young teaching assistant working on his PhD in the English Department at Michigan State University who has committed an adulterous affair with a beautiful, young student. What makes his life even more difficult is the fact that he truly loves his wife, Anna, and his three very young children equally but perhaps differently than Lauren.. The compounding all of the emotions above result in the novel’s requisite tragedy. My only criticism of the work would be that perhaps there is too much literary exposition and melodrama.