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Independence Day (Paperback)

Author:  Richard Ford
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0679735186
ISBN-13: 9780679735182
Sku: 30118224
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Pages:  464
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In Haddam, summer floats over tree-softened streets like a sweet lotion balm from a careless, languorous god, and the world falls in tune with its own mysterious anthems. (from the first line)
The Pulitzer-Prize Winning novel for 1996.
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The Pulitzer-Prize Winning novel for 1996.

In this visionary sequel to The Sportswriter, Richard Ford deepens his portrait of one of the most unforgettable characters in American fiction, and in so doing gives us an indelible portrait of America.

Frank Bascombe, in the aftermath of his divorce and the ruin of his career, has entered an "Existence Period," selling real estate in Haddam, New Jersey, and mastering the high-wire act of normalcy. But over one Fourth of July weekend, Frank is called into sudden, bewildering engagement with life.

Independence Day is a moving, peerlessly funny odyssey through America and through the layered consciousness of one of its most compelling literary incarnations, conducted by a novelist of astonishing empathy and perception.
Author Bio
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.

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New York Review of Books
"Every rumination, each flash of magical dialogue or unexpected mile on the road with a stop at the pay phone, is a wild surprise tossed off as if it were just a bit of cigarette ash by Richard Ford's profligate imagination. 'The Sportswriter' and 'Independence Day' are comedies--not farces, but realistic, good-natured adventures, sunny, yes, except when the rain it raineth everyday. The new work, 'Independence Day', is the confirmation of a talent as strong and varied as American fiction has to offer." - Elizabeth Hardwick 08/10/1995

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"'Independence Day' is an astonishing accomplishment, richly detailed, peopled with compelling and realistic characters, and constructed with heartbreaking care by an enviably gifted writer." - David Wiegand 06/25/1995

Economist
"Mr. Ford's wit and fine turn of phrase prevent some deep thoughts from ever becoming heavy-going....As in Mr. Ford's previous novels, the characters are ordinary, muddled, drifting, yet described in ways that endow their humdrum lives with significance and sometimes beauty." 08/12/1995

New York Times Book Review
"With a mastery second to none, Richard Ford has created, and continues to develop in 'Independence Day', a character we know as well as we know our next-door neighbors. 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." - Charles Johnson 06/18/1995

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