Noble Norfleet: A Novel
Having given voice in previous novels to the extraordinary Kate Vaiden, Blue Calhoun, and Roxanna Slade, Reynolds Price -- one of America's most respected men of letters -- adds Noble Norfleet to his gallery of compelling portraits.
A few days before Noble Norfleet's eighteenth birthday, his family suffers a violent catastrophe. The sole survivor, Noble throws himself into a reckless affair with his Spanish teacher, whose husband is fighting in Vietnam. When Noble graduates, he enlists as well and, while serving as an army medic, experiences a mysterious vision that seems tied to uncanny events in his recent past. Not until thirty years later -- after a life short on friends and troubled by a compulsion to worship women's bodies -- is Noble challenged to rethink the decades-old mystery of his family tragedy. Faced with an ominous choice, Noble finally comes to accept an enormous duty he's long tried to ignore. Soon, perhaps for the first time, his future seems hopeful.
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NOBLE NORFLEETUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A modern master takes a gloomy look at the damage wrought by mental illness.Noble Norfleet, senior in a small North Carolina high school, member of the track team, polite oldest son of a vanished ... Read full review
Noble NorfleetUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Just before graduation, Noble Norfleet returns home after losing his virginity to his high school Spanish teacher only to discover that his younger brother and sister have been murdered in their beds ... Read full review