The Heart Is a Full-Wild Beast: New and Selected Stories (Hardcover)
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John L'Heureux spent his long, prolific career exploring questions of morality and faith in stories that entertain, surprise, and sometimes disturb; and The Heart Is a Full-Wild Beast compiles the enduring stories of a distinctive American writer. A sweeping posthumous collection wrestles with faith, irony, and the redemptive nature of love.
--Kirkus A nun crashes her car; an unborn child sings to its mother; a troubled priest is in the market for a London apartment. In The Heart Is a Full-Wild Beast, John L'Heureux explores head-on life's biggest questions, and the moments--of joy, doubt, transcendence--that alter the course of life. Compiled as he neared the end of his life, and conceived as the legacy of a life's work, The Heart Is a Full-Wild Beast brims with elegance, humor, and compassion, welcoming both the ordinary and the rapturous. L'Heureux is a writer of astonishing vision--a master of storytelling and the sentence.
About the Author
John L'Heureux was born in South Hadley, Massachusetts. He spent seventeen years as a Jesuit priest, after which he worked as an editor at the Atlantic; and for more than thirty years taught American literature and creative writing at Stanford, where he was the longtime director of the writing program. His stories appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, and Harper's. He was the author of twenty-three books, including the novels The Beggar's Pawn, The Medici Boy, and The Shrine at Altamira; and the short-story collections Desires and Comedians. He lived with his wife in northern California until his death in 2019.