Be Near Me: Book summary and reviews of Be Near Me by Andrew O'Hagan

Be Near Me

By Andrew O'Hagan

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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.

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Starred Review: "This burnished gem of a novel has drama, emotional resonance and intellectual power enough to recall one's favorite 19th century writers." - PW.

"Starred Review. [A] rich and fascinating novel that promises rewards with rereading." - Booklist.

"The most minor characters are drawn with truth and complexity, and O'Hagan's prose is stylistically dazzling, as crafted and lovely as the best poetry." - Library Journal.

"O'Hagan's accomplished prose and casual wit counterbalance his abstraction, aided by fine character portraits, especially that of an intellectually acute but isolated soul condemned by his own fallibility." - Kirkus.

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Andrew O'Hagan Author Biography

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Andrew O'Hagan was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His previous novels have been awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and the E. M. Forster Award. More about this author at ContemporaryWriters.com

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