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The Lay of the Land

By Richard Ford

The Lay of the Land
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  • Hardcover: Nov 2006,
    496 pages.
    Paperback: Jul 2007,
    496 pages.

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Ford crafts a mesmerizing narrative voice--one that gives us, with offhanded eloquence and a kind of grim mirth,

We first met Richard Ford's "everyman" Frank Bascombe back in 1986 when Ford published The Sportswriter. A decade later Frank returned in Independence Day, which won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. A further decade later he is back - it's Fall 2000, the country is in the wake of a presidential election and Frank's contending with health and family issues. As in the previous two novels, Ford continues his seasonal theme: The Sportswriter revolved around Easter, resurrecting Frank's memories of his dead son, broken marriage and failed literary career. The action in Independence Day took place over a Fourth of July weekend. Now 55-year-old Frank is facing the Thanksgiving holiday weekend which will deliver him more punches than he's ever had to absorb before.

Some might ask what the attraction could be in reading about a divorced, middle-aged ...

Richard Ford lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, where his wife, Kristina, is the head of the city planning commission. He travels frequently and also spends time on a plantation in the Mississippi Delta and at his cabin in Chinook, Montana (more).

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