Be Near MeBook - 2006
The Canadian debut of the Booker Prize-shortlisted author ofOur Fathers. In a small Scottish parish in a post-industrial town by the sea, an English priest with secrets in his own past becomes stalked by the fear of scandal, class hatred, and lost ideals. When Father David Anderton takes over a Scottish parish, not everyone is ready to accept him. Over the spring and summer of 2003, Father David befriends two young, troubled students, Mark and Lisa. Their natural energy and response to the world bring out his own feelings of protectiveness, as well as longings for parts of himself -- and his past -- that he has come to lose. This relationship and the way it develops leads to the book's climax, as Father David finds himself facing accusations of abuse. Told from the point of view of Father David, we feel, beneath his need for order and emotional distance, the passionate undercurrents that have brought him to where he is. In this riveting novel, where every word counts, Andrew O'Hagan's brilliant writing leads us into a story of art and politics, love and faith.Be Near Mepossesses a depth of feeling and a literary artistry that render it O'Hagan's masterpiece.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2006.
Branch Call Number: OHAGA
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 23 cm.