Synopses & Reviews
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.