The Human Stain

The Human Stain

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Coleman Silk is a respected professor at a New England college who suddenly finds his life unraveling after a comment he makes about some African-American students is misinterpreted as a racial slur. As the scandal heats up, Nathan Zuckerman, a writer researching a biography of Silk, begins to dig deeply into Silk's life. Eventually, matters are made worse when Coleman's affair with a young married janitor named Faunia Farley is exposed. But amid the controversy, Silk must struggle to keep his greatest secret, a secret he's held for the majority of his life, from becoming made public.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc., 2001
Edition: First Vintage International edition
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780375726347
Branch Call Number: F ROT NVD
Characteristics: 361 pages ; 21 cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 16, 2014

Roth is a terrific writer with an astute eye for illuminating society’s foibles; in this particular instance the weaknesses of a small New England College town are fair game. An aging professor, charged with racism, resigns his position, and very slowly the secret truths of his life are unveiled. Our compassion for this man, with all his human stains, mingles with astonishment at what he does to achieve his goals.

Jan 21, 2012

Read on the recommendation of SL. Later learned it was part of a "trilogy." A trilogy as defined by the author where, it appears the novelist Zuckerman is the common thread.

Sep 09, 2008

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Jan 21, 2012

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