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Lay of the Land, The

Ford, Richard

ISBN 10: 0679454683 / ISBN 13: 9780679454687
Published by Knopf, New York, 2006
Condition: As New Hardcover
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A compelling and monumental book, where it appears that nothing is happening while the protagonist ruminates on almost everything that he comes across, yet in the space of a few days around Thanksgiving 2004 his wife walks out on him, he tries to deal with prostate cancer, his first wife inches toward a reconciliation, his difficult relations with his two children resurface, and so on. The more you read, the more you realize that the pace of ordinary, everyday life is full of menace, anxiety, and unhappiness as well as satisfaction and opportunity. An UNREAD copy in AS NEW condition, SIGNED by the author. Multiple copies available. Bookseller Inventory # 061116

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Title: Lay of the Land, The

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition, SIGNED By the Authors

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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.

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'A masterful writer.' Raymond Carver 'Ford's mature prose style, with its long, sinuous, lavishly articulate sentences, is now one of the glories of modern American writing.' Jonathan Raban 'The best novel out of America in many years Simply a masterpiece.' John Banville on Independence Day 'With a mastery second to none, Richard Ford has created a character we know as well as our next-door neighbors. Frank Bascombe has earned himself a place beside Willy Loman and Harry Angstrom in our literary landscape, but he has done so with a wry wit and a fin de siecle wisdom that is very much his own'. The New York Times Book Review

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