Books by Reynolds Price

Reynolds Price was born in Macon, North Carolina in 1933. Educated in the public schools of his native state, he earned an A.B. summa cum laude from Duke University, graduating first in his class. In 1955 he traveled as a Rhodes Scholar to Merton College,

MIDSTREAM by Reynolds Price
Released: May 15, 2012

"The lines that gleam are poignant reminders of a searing light now lost."
The late acclaimed novelist, short-story writer, playwright and memoirist begins with a return to Oxford University in 1961 and breaks off shortly after the death of his mother in 1965. Read full book review >
ARDENT SPIRITS by Reynolds Price
Released: May 12, 2009

"Though 50 years have passed, all of which Price has spent teaching at Duke, his talent has not abated, and this 'memoir of high adult happiness' brims with spirited, intimate and poetic language."
A memoir of young adulthood from the acclaimed American novelist (English/Duke Univ.; Letter to Godchild: Concerning Faith, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
THE GOOD PRIEST’S SON by Reynolds Price
Released: June 1, 2005

"For all its incidental charms, one of Price's lesser novels, scattered and indecisive."
Death hovers over an anxious homecoming in the venerable southern writer's 14th novel. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2003

"A revisionist view, to be sure, full of big questions and persuasive answers. A worthy companion to Elaine Pagels's Beyond Belief (p. 290) and other recent proposals of a kinder, gentler Christianity."
A profoundly engaging essay in Christology, honoring Jesus' humane divinity and divine humanity. Read full book review >
NOBLE NORFLEET by Reynolds Price
Released: June 18, 2002

"An ultimately unknowable hero in extreme and hopeless situations makes a tough read for non-pessimists."
A modern master takes a gloomy look at the damage wrought by mental illness. Read full book review >
FEASTING THE HEART by Reynolds Price
Released: Oct. 17, 2000

"For Price's many admirers and those new to his work alike, a worthy addition."
Bursts of on-air intelligence from the distinguished novelist. Read full book review >
A PERFECT FRIEND by Reynolds Price
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Still, most children will labor to finish this. (Fiction. 11-13)"
In this dreamy, allusive tale from a distinguished writer for adults, grief loses its clutches on a boy's heart thanks to time, loyal friends, and a healing encounter with a circus elephant. Read full book review >
Released: April 12, 1999

"Though devoted readers of the prolific Price will savor this reflection, especially as a follow-up to A Whole New Life, the author's modest demurral at the start of the book, that 'few of its ideas would seem new to a well-read adult' is doubtless true."
In line with such cultivated, if sometimes fusty Christian apologists as C.S. Lewis, NBCC Award—winning novelist Price (for Kate Vaiden, 1986, etc.) calls on reason and experience to substantiate belief in a providential God, even in the face of great suffering. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"An estimable desktop companion for reader and writer alike—a volume remarkable more for its durable flame than for any pyrotechnic flashes. (5 illustrations include drawings by the author)"
What Price describes humbly as "the ongoing minutes of one craftsman's effort through more than four decades to learn his business" is, in fact, a monumental entree into the extraordinarily restive, creative mind of the South's great elegist and one of America's preeminent moral novelists. Read full book review >
ROXANNA SLADE by Reynolds Price
Released: May 4, 1998

"Roxana is a memorable figure, and further indication of Price's quiet, precise power as a novelist."
A lovingly detailed record of a long and seemingly modest life, given resonance by the prolific Price's extraordinary language and his sharp eye for the subtle complexities of character (The Promise of Rest , 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
THREE GOSPELS by Reynolds Price
Released: May 1, 1996

"Both linguistically and spiritually stimulating. (Author tour)"
Price, a prolific man of letters (A Whole New Life, 1994; The Promise of Rest, 1995, etc.), offers us a fine new translation of the Gospels according to Mark and John, and Price's own account of the life of Jesus, along with four lengthy introductory essays in which he explains his purpose and method. Read full book review >
THE PROMISE OF REST by Reynolds Price
Released: May 15, 1995

"Powerful work that ensures the transcendence of a singular American voice."
The third in Price's epic Mayfield family saga: an unflinching, passionate portrayal of a dying son's last days and an elegy for a great, representative American family. Read full book review >
A WHOLE NEW LIFE by Reynolds Price
Released: May 1, 1994

"This is the story of a man who watches his first self die, and in place of it, a new self created; a story of resurrection, of transformation; a story of hope."
This slim volume chronicles Reynolds Price's four years with ``the eel,'' his name for the ten-inch long tumor that was found enmeshed in his spinal chord during his 51st year. Read full book review >
BLUE CALHOUN by Reynolds Price
Released: May 11, 1992

Written in the almost buttery style that Price has favored since Kate Vaiden (1986), this melodrama concerns an ex-alcoholic music salesman, Blue Calhoun, living in Raleigh, North Carolina, in the 1950's. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1991

"Vintage Price."
Three beautifully crafted novella-length stories from Price, whose three very different central characters are all urgently concerned with one of the greatest questions of all-how ``to face the rest of a life,'' with all the uncertainties and hardships that that implies. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 1989

"If I have an aim for whatever time is left to my faculties," Price (Good Hearts; Kate Vaiden; etc.) writes in this genially smooth, at times tremendously affecting clutch of autobiographical portraits, "it may be the oldest aim of all, to go on being a picture maker. Read full book review >