A WOMAN RUN MAD
by John L'Heureux

Publisher:  Grove Atlantic

Pub Date:  Fall 2000

Format:   Trade Paperback

Brief Description
The classic novel--with over 100,000 copies sold and optioned for a feature film--finally back in print.  By the legendary teacher at the Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University, a man the San Francisco Chronicle says "should be a household name."
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Endorsements
"John L'Heureux is one of the truly valuable writers of his generation."
--O. Henry Awards

"John L'Heureux is a magnificent hold-out.  In an age of tour-de-force technique, three-ring-circus virtuosity, L'Heureux builds stories the way the Shakers built chairs; in an age which has cut the imagination free, an age of hippogriffs and seven-legged maidens, L'Heureux sits, stodgy as old Chekhov, observing real human beings and putting them on paper, pore by pore...  A wise writer, with a wisdom as old as the hills."
--John Gardner

"A moving book about the strange zones of intersection between love and cruelty--from one of our finest writers."
--Scott Turow (on Shrine)

"A writer who picks up his readers by the scruff of the neck and won't let them go."
--Chicago Tribune

"A Master storyteller...elegant, cunning, and wickedly funny."
--The Washington Post


Reviews

[for A WOMAN RUN MAD]
"Remind[s] one of Iris Murdoch, or Muriel Spark, or E. M. Forster. Yet A Woman Run Mad is unlike any novel I know . . . unusual intelligence and personality are alive throughout the book."
--New York Times Book Review.

"Witty and literate . . . Grand Guignol for grown-ups."
--Newsweek

"Unless you have no interest in passions, the edge of madness, forbidden obsessions, runaway libidos and dangerous desires Woman Run Mad will fascinate you, from its title to its perfect final sentence. . . . A thinking man's Fatal Attraction."
--Chicago Sun-Times

"Normality -- as our time understands the word -- and monstrosity are L'Heureux's poles, and he joins them with extraordinary dexterity. . . . The ending is not to be revealed."
--Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A superior suspense story . . . It is the kind of story that might well have appealed to a writer like Patricia Highsmith, a drama of interlocking obsessions."
--The New York Times



[for THE MIRACLE]
"A wry but revelatory look at the connection between faith and love . . .L'Heureux's strength is his ability to expose the all-too-human foibles and flaws of his outstanding ensemble cast, as he connects the dots with short, punchy scenes that instantly get to the heart of the matter. As usual, L'Heureux also looks unflinchingly at a variety of tough moral issues, balancing the serious stuff with humor in a deceptively light style that makes this book entertaining as well as challenging. . . . A balanced, wise book built around the life of a priest in a time when the clerical profession is under attack from a wide array of critics."
--Publishers Weekly
(starred review)

"A finely crafted story of a young priest's crisis of faith (and love) is the latest success from . . . L'Heureux. Anybody who was ordained in the 1960s faced pretty stiff casualty rates from the start, and Father LeBlanc-idealistic, intellectual, liberal, and more than a tad na´ve-is the sort who is bound to find Church life hard going at the best of times. . . . . [He] has to decide whether he should remain a priest-and what he wants to do if he leaves-and, more importantly, whether he still believes in God.  Deeply moving and personal, told with great restraint and skill."
--Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)

[for AN HONORABLE PROFESSION]
Brilliant and complex...A deeply ambitious novelist...who isn't afraid of dealing with dark themes and what it means to be fully human, especially in the frightening and ecstatic world we create behind the darkened bedroom walls."
--The New York Times Book Review

"An Honorable Profession is a novel about survival both personal and professional, not merely that but survival with dignity and self-respect.  It is itself an honorable novel."
--The Washington Post Book World

[for HAVING EVERYTHING]
"In his fourteenth novel, L'Heureux shines a light on the dark side of a supremely accomplished man's life....L'Heureux is a masterful prose stylist who creates full-bodied, flawed characters enmeshed in life's problems." --Booklist

"Having Everything is a gracefully written, painfully familiar look at adulthood.  The writing is so sharp and clear, in fact, that Having Everything is an Andrew Wyech painting of a novel, in which every gesture, every blade of grass cuts through in some emotion, traveling a distance from skin to heart that could exist only after at least four decades of life..."
--Los Angeles Times

"A master of understated, ominous moments in a marriage in which not asking a question can be more disastrous than asking it. . . . Sharp, moving, poignant."
--Washington Post Book World

"John L'Heureux is perhaps today's most frightening novelist because his characters, for all their strange behavior, are not freaks or misfits. They are the people we see and know. . . . Having Everything is an unforgettable exploration of what it means to become fully human."
--Seattle Times

"A master of spoof and irony . . . As the book moves forward to a conclusion that readers will sense is going to be catastrophic, it is impossible to stop turning its pages."
--Washington Times.

"Witty and interesting"
--Kirkus Reviews

[for THE SHRINE AT ALTA MIRA]
"A powerfully effective piece of drama."
--The New York Times Book Review


Full Description:
       John L'Heureux is a consummate stylist and entertainer, and in A Woman Run Mad he delivers a novel that is part comedy of manners and part psychosexual thriller. Blocked writer, accidental scholar, inattentive husband, all J. J. Quinn wants is peace, and he has gone to buy his wife an expensive handbag to accomplish it. As the bag in question walks out the door under the arm of a beautiful, aristocratic shoplifter, though, Quinn's curiosity leads him deep into mystery and danger.
      
The shoplifter is Sarah Slade, a Boston Brahmin attempting to ditch a past as bloody as Medea's. Compared to Quinn's hypercompetent, Euripides-scholar wife, Claire, the unhinged Sarah is an alluring breath of fresh air -- but, of course, Quinn has no idea of the Pandora's box he's opened. A Woman Run Mad is an unsettling, deeply satisfying novel.


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