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"O'Hagan tackles a highly charged subject with exceptional intelligence and subtlety."—The New Yorker

 

"Always trust a stranger," said Davids mother when he returned from Rome. "Its 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.

 

"So subtle and richly hued that it calls the larger society to account. How rare to find a contemporary work . . . rise to treat a Catholic priest with something more interesting than pity or contempt or condescension . . . Be Near Me is the one of the best grown-up stories this year. It is harrowing and beautiful and worth every word." –The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

 

"Be Near Me is about a man distanced from everyone, most especially himself . . . Andrew O'Hagan asks us implicitly to look at our own lives, ask ourselves how clueless we may be, as we try, with courage or cowardice or both, to get from this particular day on to the next." --The Washington Post

 

ANDREW O'HAGAN was born in Glasgow in 1968. Be Near Me is his third novel. His second novel, Personality, received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in London and is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books and the New York Review of Books.

 

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Synopsis:

"Always trust a stranger," said Davids mother when he returned from Rome. "Its 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 OHagan explores the emotional and moral contradictions of religious life in a faithless age.

About the Author

ANDREW O'HAGAN was born in Glasgow in 1968. Be Near Me is his third novel. His second novel, Personality, received the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in London and is a regular contributor to the London Review of Books and the New York Review of Books.
 

Table of Contents

contents

prologue               January 1976    1

one                         Sundial    4

two                         The Mouth of the River    26

three                      Mr Perhaps    53

four                        Ailsa Craig    78

five                         Schoolboy on an Elephant    102

six                          The Nights    122

seven                      The Economy of Grace    146

eight                       Balliol    175

nine                        The People    212

ten                          The Echo of Something Real    235

eleven                    Kilmarnock    258

twelve                   The Single Life    285

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156033961
Author:
Ohagan, Andrew
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Author:
O'Hagan, Andrew
Subject:
Clergy
Subject:
Catholicism
Subject:
Christianity - Catholic
Subject:
Christian - General
Subject:
Problem youth
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Scotland
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
<B>A-.</B>"&#151;<I>Entertainment Weekly</I></div>
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.64 lb

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"Always trust a stranger," said Davids mother when he returned from Rome. "Its 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 OHagan explores the emotional and moral contradictions of religious life in a faithless age.
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