Richard Ford won the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for his modern classic Independence Day (C2951). In this first volume of his Frank Bascombe trilogy, Bascombe is a sportswriter attempting to cope with his failed marriage and the death of his son. Unable to establish true connections with people, Bascombe drifts into and out of various relationships, but retains an introspective eye that allows him to transcend life's obstacles.
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by Richard Ford
by Richard Powers
by Richard Labunski
by Richard Platt, Walter Hooper
by Richard S. Wheeler
by Jane Smiley
by Jane Hamilton
by Kevin Brockmeier
by Nicole Krauss
by Robert Olmstead
by Josepha Sherman, Susan Shwartz
"Frank Bascombe is defined by a variety of his relationships, his writing career, and an introspective take on his life. Richard Ford crafts this story, from the mind's eye of a sportswriter, and Richard Poe gently shapes it with his narration. Supporting characters come and go and remain distinguishable, but it's the protagonist who deserves--and receives--the most attention. There's no yelling or screaming, just an emotional portrait woven by both writer and narrator of a man in his late 30s on a journey. Dialogue and sports jargon are limited, but Ford and Poe achieve a nice pace in this novel, which has a touch of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE in its approach. M.B. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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