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Stephen MetcalfTwo people alone in a room, conversing; it is the basis for everything good about life. If your inner daemon requires more by way of appeasement or flattery, you have something in common with David Anderton, the antihero of Andrew O'Hagan's superb new novel, Be Near Me. Two people alone in a room, conversing—inadequate to you or to David Anderton, maybe, but not to O'Hagan, a youngish Glasgow-born novelist of astonishingly assured gifts. Quiet talk, a Bernini print on the mantle, the Clos Vougeot uncorked and breathing, is to O'Hagan what daffodils were to Wordsworth, that apparently arbitrary thing that calls forth the writer's voice, revealing the bias along which he may write as a true original.
—The New York Times