"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.
About the Author
Andrew O'Hagan, one of Britain's most exciting and serious contemporary writers, has twice been short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. Named one of "Granta" magazine's Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, he has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in London.
PRAISE FOR BE NEAR ME"[A] beautiful, astute novel. Grade: A-."Entertainment Weekly "[O'Hagan is a] novelist of astonishingly assured gifts."The New York Times Book Review