Be Near Me (Paperback)

Author: O'Hagan, Andrew

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"Always trust a stranger," said David''s mother when he returned from Rome. "It''s the people you know who let you down." Half a life later, David is Father Anderton, a Catholic priest with a small parish in Scotland. He befriends Mark and Lisa, rebellious local teenagers who live in a world he barely understands. Their company stirs memories of earlier happiness--his days at a Catholic school in Yorkshire, the student revolt in 1960s Oxford, and a choice he once made in the orange groves of Rome. But their friendship also ignites the suspicions and smoldering hatred of a town that resents strangers, and brings Father David to a reckoning with the gathered tensions of past and present. In this masterfully written novel, Andrew O''Hagan explores the emotional and moral contradictions of religious life in a faithless age.

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Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mfg Part# 9780156033961
SKU 205716797
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0156033968
Release Date 4/1/2008
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Dimensions (in Inches) 7.7H x 5L x 0.75T
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"A rich and fascinating novel...[with] gorgeous, melancholy prose....that promises rewards with rereading." (starred review)
"[Andrew] O'Hagan's accomplished prose and casual wit counterbalance his abstraction, aided by fine character portraits." (starred review)
"[A] beautiful, astute novel."
"Quiet talk, a Bernini print on the mantle, the Clos Vougeot uncorked and breathing, is to [Andrew] O'Hagan what daffodils were to Wordsworth...[O'Hagan is a] novelist of astonishingly assured gifts."
"Effortless prose, vivid characters...a heartrending tour de force." (starred review)
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Annotation David Anderton, a Catholic priest, returns to his boyhood home in Scotland, but his refined taste and airs set him apart from the locals in the small town of Dalgarnock. His outsider status is exacerbated when he becomes involved in an unseemly--though not strictly pedophilic--relationship with a young boy.
Editors Note Trapped by class hatreds and threatened by personal flaws, Father David Anderton, the Catholic priest in a small Scottish parish, begins to discover what happened to the ideals of his generation, but it is his friendship with two rebellious teenagers, Mark and Lisa, that triggers the enmity, suspicions, and simmering hatred of a town that resents strangers. Reprint.
Editors Note 2 Trapped by class hatreds and threatened by personal flaws, Father David Anderton, the Catholic priest in a small Scottish parish, begins to discover what happened to the ideals of his generation, but it is his friendship with two rebellious teenagers, Mark and Lisa, that triggers the enmity, suspicions, and simmering hatred of a town that resents strangers. Reprint.
Editors Note 3 "Always trust a stranger," said David’s mother when he returned from Rome. "It’s the people you know who let you down." Half a life later, David is Father Anderton, a Catholic priest with a small parish in Scotland. He befriends two local teenagers who live in a world he barely understands. Their company stirs memories of earlier happiness—his days at a Catholic school in Yorkshire, the student revolt in 1960s Oxford, and a choice he once made in the orange groves of Rome. But their friendship also ignites the suspicions and smoldering hatred of a town that resents strangers, and brings Father David to a reckoning with the gathered tensions of past and present.  
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Number of Pages 0305
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