Independence Day

By: Ford, Richard

Price: $17.50

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Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket


Light edge wear, scuffing of DJ; A bright, solid book, DJ in protective Mylar sleeve, unclipped. ; 1.5 x 9.4 x 6.4 Inches; 451 pages; Ford is the author now of five novels and a book of short stories, but he is probably best known for The Sportswriter (1988), widely praised as a realistic, compassionate and humorous view of American life as seen through the eyes of a highly intelligent and deeply involved observer. The man was Frank Bascombe of Haddan, N.J., and for those who came to see him as a new kind of American fiction icon, the good news is that he's back. Independence Day is an often poetic, sometimes searing, sometimes hilarious account of a few days around the Fourth of July in Bascombe's new life. Divorced, working with genuine enthusiasm and insight as a real estate salesman (not even John Updike has penetrated the working, commercial life of a contemporary American with such skill and empathy), embarked on a tentative new relationship with Sally, who lives by the sea, narrator Frank struggles through the long weekend with a mixture of courage, self-knowledge and utter foolishness that makes him a kind of 1980s Everyman. He desperately tries to find a new home for some brilliantly observed losers from Vermont, has some resentful exchanges with his former wife, takes a difficult teenage son on what might have been an idyllic pilgrimage to two sports Halls of Fame, bobs and weaves uneasily around Sally and, as the Fourth arrives, achieves a sort of low-key epiphany.

Title: Independence Day

Author Name: Ford, Richard

Categories: Fiction,

Edition: First Canadian Edition

Publisher: Toronto, Little, Brown and Company (Canada) Limited: 1995

ISBN Number: 0316288268

ISBN Number 13: 9780316288262

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good dust jacket

Seller ID: 14164

Keywords: Frank Bascombe sportswriter