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A Multitude of Sins : Stories

Ford, Richard

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ISBN 10: 0375412123 / ISBN 13: 9780375412127
Published by Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated, New York, NY, U.S.A., 2002
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: A Multitude of Sins : Stories

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

About this title


One of the most celebrated?and unflinching?chroniclers of modern life now explores, in this masterful collection of short stories, the grand theme of intimacy, love, and their failures. And only a storyteller of Richard Ford?s remarkable agility, insight, and candor could envision with such felicity our most fallible human efforts to achieve what we consider most important with one another: to be faithful and sincere, empathetic and patient, to be honest and passionate and finally loving toward those we care for or merely, if desperately, desire.

As in all of Ford?s work, the settings are as distinct as the Connecticut countryside is from New Orleans, or a Michigan ski resort from Grand Central Station. Yet in each he is drawn to liaisons in and out and to the sides of marriage. An illicit visit to the Grand Canyon reveals a vastness even more profound . . . An exacting career woman celebrates Christmas with her adamantly post-nuclear family . . . A couple weekending in Maine try to
recapture the ardor that has disappeared, both gradually and suddenly, from their life together . . . A boy confronts his estranged father on a hunting trip and finds a disappointment that will change him forever . . . As they drive through a spring evening, a young wife confesses to her husband the affair she had with the host of the dinner party they?re about to join.

It is within such relations, these extraordinary stories suggest, that our entire sense of right and wrong is enacted, and the rigorous intensity Richard Ford brings to these vivid, unforgettable dramas marks this as his most powerfully arresting book to date?confirming the judgment of the New York Times Book Review that ?nobody now writing looks more like an American classic.?

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"Reading a new book by Richard Ford is like reestablishing a priceless friendship. And what wonderful company he is--so shrewd and warm, so scathing and yet so generous."
--Martin Amis

"Startling and unabashed . . . Ford's sheer mastery of the form is jaw-dropping."
--Julie Myerson, The Guardian

"Ford understands the brittleness of everyday, hard-working lives . . . While adultery is ubiquitous, its impact is necessarily uncertain; and the sense of individuals playing with fire pervades the book. He understands even better the significance of those tiny incidents which can shake up the pieces in the human kaleidoscope."
--Julia Flynn, Sunday Telegraph

"Probing, open-handed, even-ended . . . [suggests] that adultery is not [a] terminal act . . . but rather the beginning of a more complicated and hazardous existence."
--Stephen Amidon, Sunday Times

"Adulterous fucking (the word Ford rightly insists on for what it is his characters do) is the way these people bring excitement into their otherwise orderly existences, and the stories mostly relate the cataclysmic moments when somebody finds out, or . . . an old scar is opened up. The stories' readability is partly in their voyeuristic appeal and partly from Ford's mastery of narrative pace . . . Ford does what he does best, shows a fragile arrangement subtly breaking down, monitors the damage done to the psyches involved. It is a deft, highly observant performance."
--David Herd, Times Literary Supplement

"[Ford's] mordant gaze falls on American men and women at those moments when they are crumpling up their lives like soiled tissue, looking back in disappointment, looking forward in what they are unable to recognise as despair . . . [He] can conjure up Chekhovian degrees of tragedy, dredging straitened lives with a peerless ability to identify human failing."
--Tom Lappin, The Scotsman

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