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ISBN13: 9780679762102
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In his trio of novels portraying the life of an entire American generation, Richard Ford has imagined one of the most indelible characters in modern literature, Frank Bascombe. Now, in Let Me Be Frank with You (Ecco), Ford reinvents Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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As a sportswriter, Frank Bascombe makes his living studying people — men, mostly — who live entirely within themselves. This is a condition that Frank himself aspires to. But at thirty-eight, he suffers from incurable dreaminess, occasional pounding of the heart, and the not-too-distant losses of a career, a son, and a marriage. In the course of the Easter week in which Ford's moving novel transpires, Bascombe will end up losing the remnants of his familiar life, though with his spirits soaring.

With finely honed prose and an eye that captures the beauty and strangeness of our most neglected landscapes, Richard Ford creates a novel whose portrait of heroic decency is guaranteed to linger with us long after we have turned its last page.


"Transcendent....[A] large-spirited novel." Boston Globe


"Richard Ford is a daring and intelligent novelist [with an] ear for dialogue and the ability to create an everyday life with stunning accuracy." New York Times Book Review


"One of the finest writers of his generation." Norman Maclean, author of A River Runs Through It


"This painfully funny addition to Ford's two other masterful novels (A Piece of My Heart and The Ultimate Good Luck) establishes the author among the best realist American writers today." Publishers Weekly

About the Author

The author of five novels and two collections of stories, Richard Ford was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Independence Day, the first book to win both prizes. In 2001 he received the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short fiction.

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rgippin, May 21, 2009 (view all comments by rgippin)
It deserves all the accolades and I intend to dive right into Independence Day and Lay of the Land, but I couldn't disagree more with the reviews that call Bascombe "heroic." And if I have any understanding of what Ford intended with the character, he must be grinning with ironic satisfaction at that characterization. Bascombe abandons everybody and everything to which he owes any obligation for the sake of his own equilibrium. That sort of narcissism definitely HAS passed for heroism in America, especially in the quarter-century of Reaganism in which the novels are set. Especially looking back from our new Obamist perch, I hope people will see the Bascombe of Sportswriter as a model of how NOT to live life.
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Mary Moore, June 6, 2007 (view all comments by Mary Moore)
This has been on my list to read for years, and now I wonder why I waited so long. So beautiful, but so sad as we watch as it all just turns to dust on our narrator. Made all the sadder by his continued insistence, that's he's OK, you're OK, we're all OK. Even when no one is.
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Sheera, April 5, 2006 (view all comments by Sheera)
One of my top ten favorite books.
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Ford, Richard
New York :
Divorced men
Divorced men -- United States -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction
Middle aged men
General Fiction
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Vintage Contemporaries
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no. 11
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