Be Near Me

Be Near Me

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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.

Baker & Taylor
Oxford-educated Father David Anderton, the Catholic priest in a small, working-class Scottish parish, triggers the enmity, suspicions, and simmering hatred of a town that resents strangers when he befriends two rebellious teenagers.

& Taylor

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.

Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, Inc., c2006
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780151013036
Characteristics: 305 p. ; 22 cm

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