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Inhaltsangabe: Ben Jameson begins his teaching career in a small private school in Northern Virginia. He is idealistic, happy to have his first job after graduate school and hoping some day to figure out what he really wants out of life. In the two years he teaches English at Glenn Acres Preparatory School, he discovers what he believes will be his life's work; teaching is what he finally comes to with all his heart. His fiance believes he suffers from a "Christ complex," that he wants to "save the world" entire by involving himself in the lives of his students. Three students in particular, draw him in: an abused boy, a mute and damaged girl, and a dangerous but utterly beautiful 18 year old woman who has come back to school for one more chance to graduate. His attempts to "save" these students lead him to territory his mentor and friend, the oldest teacher at Glenn Acres, Professor Bible, tells him he should not be in. It's not a book about teaching (the narrator even tells us that up front). It's a book about giving; it's about the nature of help -- and it takes on the true complexity of that urge as it plays out in that most fraught (and yet common) of settings, a school. It is a book that explores both human frailty and the limits of benevolence.
About the Author: Robert Bausch is the author of seven novels and one collection of short stories. He has been awarded the Fellowship of Southern Writers Hillsdale Award for Fiction, as well as the John Dos Passos medal in literature. His novel A Hole in the Earth was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, as well as a Washington Post Favorite Book of the Year. He has been a teacher of writing at Northern Virginia Community College since 1975. In that time, he has also taught at George Mason University, the University of Virginia, The American University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus.
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