The Human Stain is a much-honored novel about identity, honesty, and the destructive power of hate. It also touches upon many timely social issues, especially education.
The story revolves around Coleman Silk, a college professor unjustly accused of racism and misogyny by his ambitious colleagues. His troubles are amplified when his lover's ex-husband, a deranged Vietnam vet, begins persecuting him. But all the while, Silk is hiding a secret that would both astound and perplex.
My full review is here.