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The Lay of the Land

Ford, Richard; Ford, Richard

Published by Knopf, New York, 2006
ISBN 10: 0679454683 / ISBN 13: 9780679454687
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Title: The Lay of the Land

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

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Synopsis: With The Sportswriter, in 1986, Richard Ford commenced a cycle of novels that ten years later?after Independence Day won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award?was hailed by The Times of London as ?an extraordinary epic [that] is nothing less than the story of the twentieth century itself.? Now, a decade later, Frank Bascombe returns, with a new lease on life (and real estate), more acutely in thrall to life?s endless complexities than ever before.

His story resumes in the autumn of 2000, when his trade as a realtor on the Jersey Shore is thriving, permitting him to revel in the acceptance of ?that long, stretching-out time when my dreams would have mystery like any ordinary person?s; when whatever I do or say, who I marry, how my kids turn out, becomes what the world?if it makes note at all?knows of me, how I?m seen, understood, even how I think of myself before whatever there is that?s wild and unassuagable rises and cheerlessly hauls me off to oblivion.? But as a Presidential election hangs in the balance, and a postnuclear-family Thanksgiving looms before him along with crises both marital and medical, Frank discovers that what he terms the Permanent Period is fraught with unforeseen perils: ?All the ways that life feels like life at age fifty-five were strewn around me like poppies.?

A holiday, and a novel, no reader will ever forget?at once hilarious, harrowing, surprising, and profound. The Lay of the Land is astonishing in its own right and a magnificent expansion of one of the most celebrated chronicles of our time.

Review: After more than a decade, Richard Ford revives Frank Bascombe, the beloved protagonist from The Sportswriter and Independence Day. Fans will be scrambling for The Lay of the Land, a novel that finds Bascombe contending with health, marital, and familial issues wake of the 2000 presidential election. We asked Richard Ford to tell us a little more about what it's like to create (and share so much time with) a character like Frank. Read his short essay below. --Daphne Durham

Richard Ford on Frank Bascombe

I never think of the characters I write as exactly people, the way some writers say they do, letting their characters "just take over and write the book;" or for that matter, in the way I want readers to think of them as people, or even as I think of characters in novels I myself read (and didn't write). In my own books I do all the writing--the characters don't. And for me to think of them as people, instead of as figures made of language, would make my characters less subject to the useful and necessary changes that occur as I grow in my own awareness about them as I make them up. Writing a character for twenty-five years and for three novels, as I have written about Frank Bascombe, has meant that Frank has, of course, become a presence in my life (and a welcome one). When I wrote Independence Day I began with the belief that Frank was pretty much the same character and presence he was in The Sportswriter. But when I went back later and read parts of The Sportswriter, I found that the sentences Frank "spoke" and that filled that second book were longer, more complex, and actually contained more nitty experience than the first book. This has also been true of The Lay of the Land: longer sentences, more experience to reconcile and transact, more words required to make lived life seem accessible. You could say that Frank had simply changed as we all do. But practically speaking--as his author--what this makes me think is that I've had to make up Frank up newly each time, and have not exactly "gone back" and "found" him--although Frank's history from the previous books has certainly needed to be kept in sight and made consistent. What is finally consistent to me about Frank is that I "hear" language I associate with him, and it is language that pleases me, with which I and he can (if I'm a good enough writer) represent life in an intelligent and hopeful and buoyant spirit a reader can make use of. --Richard Ford

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