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Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780062128515
SKU 228286240
Format Paperback Large Print
ISBN10 0062128515
Release Date 5/22/2012
Author Info
Richard Ford
As a child in Mississippi, Richard Ford lived across the street from Eudora Welty. He was dyslexic as a child, and learning to read was painful, but he now feels that the slowness and care with which he must approach language may have made him into a better writer. At Michigan State University he majored in English. He spent a semester in law school, then decided to become a writer instead: "Being a writer just seemed like a good idea." He moved to New York and worked as an editor for American Druggist to support himself while he wrote fiction. He received an M.F.A. in 1970 from the University of California at Irvine. His first publication was a short story in a New Zealand literary magazine, but his third novel, THE SPORTSWRITER, won a PEN/Faulkner Award.
"A great American novel . . ." (starred review)
"Ford's language is of the cracked, open spaces and their corresponding places within."
"[A] quietly thoughful book."
"Mr. Ford has fashioned an engaging, ruminative voice for Dell. . . . [It is] elastic, capable of capturing the vernacular of the everyday, while addressing the big philosophical questions of choice and fate."
"[T]he writing . . . Is spare, but heartbreaking."
"It is an examination of the redemptive power of articulated memory, and it is a masterwork by one of our finest writers working at the top of his form."
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Annotation Fifteen-year-old Dell Parsons is living in Montana with his twin sister and parents when his world is turned upside down. His father, Bev, a retired airman from Alabama, has always been a schemer, but now, one of his small-time cons has gone awry, and he finds himself deeply in debt to his partners in crime. Needing quick cash, he convinces his wife, the shy and artistic Neeva, to rob a bank with him. The couple is subsequently captured and thrown in jail, leaving their children to fend for themselves. While his sister runs off by herself, Dell is helped by a family friend, who drives him over the border to Saskatchewan before the child-welfare authorities can intervene. Once in Canada, the teen comes under the care of Arthur Remlinger, an enigmatic American fugitive with a violent streak. In these less-than-ideal circumstances Dell must try to make sense of his past and plan his future.
Editors Note After his parents are arrested and imprisoned for robbing a bank, 15-year-old Dell Parsons is taken in by Arthur Remlinger who, unbeknownst to Dell, is hiding a dark and violent nature that interferes with Dell's quest to find grace and peace on the prairie of Saskatchewan. (general fiction). Simultaneous.
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Book Format Large Print Paperback
Number of Pages 0633
Publisher Harperluxe

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