The Good Priest's Son (Paperback)

By Reynolds Price

Scribner Book Company, 9780743254014, 278pp.

Publication Date: November 28, 2006



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.

Praise For The Good Priest's Son

"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