Hailed as a major American novel, Independence Day is a relentlessly thoughtful, heart-wrenching, yet hilarious portrait of an ordinary American man. Wickedly realistic details and dialog entice you to see modern life filtered through the first-person narrator's complex and evolving consciousness. Apparently directionless since his divorce, Frank Bascombe migrates from one non-committal relationship to another. He freely indulges his tendencies to self absorption, over-intellectualization, and neurotic ambivalence. But all of that changes one fateful Fourth of July weekend, when, armed with the Declaration of Independence, he embarks on a mission to save his troubled teenaged son. Author of The Sportswriter, Richard Ford has won wide recognition as one of our most talented living novelists. Richard Poe's deep, resonant voice augments his powerful characterizations and puts you on intimate terms with one of the most unforgettable characters in American fiction.
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"At first, Richard Poe's voice seems too deep, too long-lived to belong to the slender, 44-year-old divorcŽ telling us his story in Independence Day. But before long, its wisdom comes to seem right for the wondering--and wandering--that mark Frank Bascombe's long holiday weekend. Poe gives a thoughtful, sympathetic voice to Frank's attempts to parse some of the big questions: Can one person save another? Can love conquer disillusionment? Can a place nourish us in ways that people can't? The narrator's understated tone seems right for a realtor who is trying to soft-sell himself on a better version of life than he thought he could afford. Poe manages a broad range of personalities convincingly. The effect is so good it seems petty to note that a couple of characters tend to sound alike, each talking out of the side of his mouth. T.F. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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