Hank and Charlie share some very close similarities. Both are beleaguered college English professors in small town colleges. They both have fathers that are celebrated college professors that are now at a stage of declining health, which they have estranged emotions about. They both have hit a professional roadblock of sorts. Hank has not written anything since his first novel, and Charlie cannot get anything published. They both entertain the whims and partially the fantasies of two interesting students. Hank has a student who writes to...
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...ses to submit a list of faculty to be cut and lands on the list himself. Due to the intervention of a friend who has been put in a place of influence, he is offered the deans position. Hank refuses the position for a myriad of different reasons, from protecting Jacob’s new role to his own self defeatism. After a brief interlude in the hospital, Hank ends up on a half year sabbatical, still a professor in the college, and piloting a new program in conjunction with his wife’s high school, where she is the principal. Hanks resignation had been lost. Charlie, by narrow margin and his evaluations from his students, is awarded probationary tenure, provided he lightens his teaching load and concentrates on getting published. Charlie instead resigns, and takes a job teaching high school English, having discovered he loves teaching more than he desires to gain tenure.
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