Jackson, Mississippi native Richard Ford nearly missed his calling. He briefly attended law school before deciding to pursue an M.F.A. in writing. His first two novels, A Piece of My Heart and The Ultimate Good Luck, didn't do as well as expected, so Ford accepted a staff writer position with Inside Sports magazine. He soon wrote his break-out novel, The Sportswriter, followed by Rock Springs, a highly praised book of short stories, and Wildlife, a novel set in Great Falls, Montana. He is best known for his novel, Independence Day, which won the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction, the first novel to win both awards. Ford and his wife, Kristina, reside in the French Quarter. The couple also regularly visit a plantation in the Mississippi Delta and their cabin in Chinook, Montana.
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
A New York Times Best Book of the Year
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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.
In this visionary sequel to The Sportswriter, Ford deepens his portrait of one of the most indelible characters in recent American fiction. In the aftermath of his divorce and the ruin of his career, Frank Bascombe now sells real estate, as he masters the high-wire act of "normalcy". But during the Fourth of July weekend, Frank is called into sudden, bewildering engagement with life.
As a sportswriter, Frank Bascombe makes his living studying people--men, mostly--who live entirely within themselves. This is a condition that Frank himself aspires to. But at thirty-eight, he suffers from incurable dreaminess, occasional pounding of the heart, and the not-too-distant losses of a career, a son, and a marriage. In the course of the Easter week in which Ford's moving novel transpires, Bascombe will end up losing the remnants of his familiar life, though with his spirits soaring.