Ardent Spirits: Leaving Home, Coming Back (Hardcover)

Leaving Home, Coming Back

By Reynolds Price

Scribner Book Company, 9780743291897, 408pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2009



Award-winning novelist Reynolds Price provides a vivid portrait of his life in the mid-1950s leading up to the publication of his brilliant first novel A Long and Happy Life--detailing his time as a Rhodes scholar, writer, and a teacher.

Praise For Ardent Spirits: Leaving Home, Coming Back

“His beautiful books, his tremendous productivity, his spirituality and cheerfulness, his abiding friendships—all these generous traits and dynamic accomplishments have characterized Reynolds Price…. Ardent Spirits is … effervescent.”--Edmund White, The New York Review of Books

Ardent Spirits is Mr. Price’s third memoir [and] it is the best of this winning lot… Price’s warmth, vigor and good humor consistently shine through.”--Dwight Garner, New York Times

“The most compelling book he’s published since Kate Vaiden in 1986. Price has always been one of our finest storytellers, but in Ardent Spirits he rises to new heights, delivering a compelling account of a profoundly exciting period in a young man’s life.”--Charlotte Observer