The Teacher as Hero

In Austin Wright’s Susan & Tony, Susan is a part-time English teacher who finds herself at a crossroads while reading a novel that tells the story of Tony, a university maths professor whom terrible things befall.

In Murakami’s 1Q84, Tengo is a part-time maths teacher at a cram school and Aomame is a fitness instructor: both, in typical Murakami fashion, have plenty of free time to get swept up in their respective surreal adventures.

In Stephen King’s 11/22/1963, Jake is a high-school English teacher with a chance to go back in time and change history.

In fiction, it appears, teaching has more than its usual rewards.

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