Forgive Me My Trespasses

by Ian M. Evans



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/27/2015

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 350
ISBN : 9781480816664
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 350
ISBN : 9781480816640

About the Book

Finalist in the 2017 Beverly Hills Book Awards In this novel, Ian Evans explores the problem of sexual harassment by those in positions of power. While the story is humorous, the issues of sexual misconduct are considered seriously. Dave Gordon, a professor of clinical psychology, has become interested in the emotional consequences of notorious political sex scandals. A former client he once treated for feelings of shame and humiliation has given him innovative ideas. This semester he’s teaching a class in psychotherapy, using important principles of compassion and forgiveness. As each graduate student’s personal concerns and needs come to the surface, however, complaints of his own inappropriate conduct are levelled against him. Professor Gordon’s first response is one of anger. But over three stressful weeks he comes to realize his old attitudes are in need of re-examination. Where has he been going wrong? Have his efforts to promote gender equality been misjudged? What can he now do to decrease sexually prejudicial attitudes and harassment on campus?

About the Author

Ian Evans was born in England and grew up in South Africa. He completed a doctorate at the Institute of Psychiatry (King’s College, London) and has been a professor of clinical psychology at universities in Hawai‘i, upstate New York, and New Zealand. Forgive Me My Trespasses is his first novel, set in a fictional public university in New York State. In his second novel, The Eye of Kuruman (Pegasus/Vanguard Press, 2017), a young public health nurse travels to Botswana and South Africa, where she finds both romance and challenge. In Menace (Austin Macauley, 2017), a thriller, Ian draws again on the university setting and threats to student safety. On retirement from academia, Ian and his wife returned to Honolulu, Oahu, a place where the children and grandchildren love to visit.