Be Near Me (Paperback)

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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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 "[A] beautiful, astute novel. Grade: A-."Entertainment Weekly "[O'Hagan is a] novelist of astonishingly assured gifts."The New York Times Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9780156033961
ISBN-10: 0156033968
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 2008
Pages: 305
Language: English