The Lay of the Land: A Novel by Richard Ford
Reviewed by Joseph O'Neill
The Atlantic Monthly
"'No tricks,' Raymond Carver crisply enjoined the prospective writer. 'At the first sign of a trick or gimmick in a piece of fiction...I tend to look for cover.' Carver was, as everybody knows, a mentor, friend, and admirer of Richard Ford; yet one can't help wondering whether Ford's verbally awesome but, I fear, fundamentally specious new novel would have had the maestro ducking behind a parapet. The Lay of the Land is the third Frank Bascombe narration ? Frank being the dreamy, sadly self-monitoring sportswriter of The Sportswriter, and thereafter the less dreamy but still sadly self-monitoring real-estate broker of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Independence Day..." Read the entire Atlantic Monthly review.