Friday, January 21, 2011

Reynolds Price gone too soon

A quiet, reflective, and equinimous voice was silenced yesterday, with the passing of author and Duke professor, Reynolds Price, at the too-young age of 77.

Readers of Price's novels are awakened to good in many characters that hardly seem deserving of this treatment from an author. Readers also find humility in recognizing the failings that are in us all and the undeserved grace that we often receive.

The books' lessons are taught gently and patiently, and they stick.

North Carolina is fuller and better for the books that Price created. It is a shame though that we now only have the books.