National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
A New York Times Best Book of the Year
A sportswriter and a real estate agent, husband and father –Frank Bascombe has been many things to many people. His uncertain youth behind him, we follow him through three days during the autumn of 2000, when his trade as a realtor on the Jersey Shore is thriving. But as a presidential election hangs in the balance, and a postnuclear-family Thanksgiving looms before him, Frank discovers that what he terms “the Permanent Period” is fraught with unforeseen perils. An astonishing meditation on America today and filled with brilliant insights, The Lay of the Land is a magnificent achievement from one of the most celebrated chroniclers of our time.
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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
About the Author:
The author of five earlier novels and three collections of stories, Richard Ford was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Independence Day, the first book to win both prizes. In 2001 he received the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short fiction.
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Book Description Vintage, 2007. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Praise for Richard Ford: "Ford captures the intricacies of human beings better than just about any other writer alive. . . . [He] is a great surveyor of human nature, a master of the small moments that take place in between and shape the larger movements of our lives." The Globe and Mail "With a mastery second to none, Richard Ford has created a character we know as well as our next-door neighbours. 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 "Ford is one of the greatest writers of our time, from any country and in any language, whose finely crafted words can pierce the heart like an arrow." Calgary Herald From the Hardcover edition. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0679776672
Book Description Vintage. 1 Paperback(s), 2006. soft. Book Condition: New. (A finalist for the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times Best Book of the Year) Following Independence Day, this third novel of the cycle rejoins Frank Bascombe as the 2000 presidential election hangs in the balance and Thanksgiving looms before him, with all the attendant perils of a post-nuclear family get-together. Still a realtor but now living on the Jersey shore, Frank at 55 has entered what he terms the "Permanent Period" of his life, and finds it is made of disparate bits and pieces "strewn around me like poppies." Protean, funny, profane, wise, often inappropriate, Frank is the American everyman who tells his story in three brilliant novels by Richard Ford that also include The Sportswriter (a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award) and the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award winner Independence Day. "With a mastery second to none, Richard Ford has created a character we know as well as our next-door neighbors," wrote the New York Times Book Review. "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 siècle wisdom that is very much his own."My great book of the year was Richard Ford's The Lay of the Land, his Ulysses, a long, painstakingly attentive, humanely comical celebration of the mid-life of his New Jersey real-estate salesman, Frank Bascombe, an American citizen at odds with, and at home in, America, whose story, so wonderfully written in every breath of every sentence, will teach you how to lead a well-examined life 'on the human scale'—and how to leave it."—Guardian (London) 485. Bookseller Inventory # 62249
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