Be Near Me (2007) Father David Anderton moves to a small Scottish parish and almost willfully begins dismantling his life, allowing himself to be cast in the most villainous… 2007-06-04 Fiction Harcourt
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Be Near Me (2007)

Details Release Date: Jun 04, 2007; Writer: Andrew O'Hagen; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Harcourt

Father David Anderton moves to a small Scottish parish and almost willfully begins dismantling his life, allowing himself to be cast in the most villainous of roles: predatory Catholic priest. After avoiding difficult questions and desires for years, this intelligent, witty, and thoroughly likable character, now in his 50s, befriends some students in his parish school, notably Mark McNulty, a sexy, slippery 15-year-old. Early in their ambiguous friendship, Mark notes, "Some people would think it weird, wouldn't they, a priest and a young guy sitting in a car?" Yes, they would. But the boy is also far less innocent than his priest, making their relationship — and Andrew O'Hagan's beautiful, astute Be Near Me — all the more complicated. A-

Originally posted May 18, 2007 Published in issue #938 Jun 08, 2007 Order article reprints