The Good Priest's Son
By Reynolds Price
(Scribner, Paperback, 9780743254014, 288pp.)
Publication Date: November 28, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Flying home to New York after a much needed getaway abroad, private art conservator Mabry Kincaid learns that his downtown loft has been devastated by the World Trade Center attacks. Unable to resume his normal life, he flies south to North Carolina to visit his aged father, a widowed Episcopal priest who is cared for by live-in nurse Audrey Thornton and her grown son, Marcus. During his stay -- with help from his cantankerous father, Audrey, Marcus, and an alluring old flame named Gwyn -- Mabry is compelled to explore his tormented relationship with his father and a world he fondly remembers but has long since abandoned. Back in New York a week later, Mabry faces his old life, which lies in ruins before his eyes. There, he must once again confront change and uncertainty -- and a daunting disease that may prove fatal.
In an elegantly crafted and profoundly moving novel, Reynolds Price follows one man's wrenching journey to come to terms with two familiar worlds that have been radically altered.
Reynolds Price (1933-2011) was born in Macon, North Carolina. Educated at Duke University and, as a Rhodes Scholar, at Merton College, Oxford University, he taught at Duke beginning in 1958 and was the James B. Duke Professor of English at the time of his death. His first short stories, and many later ones, are published in his Collected Stories. A Long and Happy Life was published in 1962 and won the William Faulkner Award for a best first novel. Kate Vaiden was published in 1986 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Good Priest's Son in 2005 was his fourteenth novel. Among his thirty-seven volumes are further collections of fiction, poetry, plays, essays, and translations. Price is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and his work has been translated into seventeen languages.
"Writing with depth and sustained honesty about the life of an ordinary American man in the immediate aftermath of September 11, 2001, Reynolds Price gives us an enormous gift: a way to see and understand our own selves in a world forever changed. The Good Priest's Son is a masterful novel that explores the complexities of family, the impact of history, and our most ordinary vulnerabilities. Clearly, Reynolds Price is one of the great storytellers and writers of our time."
-- Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Mermaid Chair and The Secret Life of Bees
"Reynolds Price has done it again.When you read The Good Priest's Son -- you want it never to end -- you will celebrate the quiet artistry of its creation. A major work from one of our greatest novelists, its people will stay with you always."
-- Harper Lee