Title: The Lay of the Land
Publisher: Knopf, New York
Publication Date: 2006
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine
Slight crimping of cover near top of spine. Signed on publisher book plate. Bookseller Inventory # 000067
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
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