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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: 4/1/1996
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 1T
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.
From the Publisher:
The Pulitzer-Prize Winning novel for 1996.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.
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INDEPENDENCE DAY is the sequel to Richard Ford's 1986 novel THE SPORTSWRITER. The story picks up six years later and finds the narrator, Frank Bascombe, still trying to make sense of life. Bascombe is no longer a sportswriter; he now sell real estate. Over the course of a Fourth of July weekend he takes a stab at settling some aspects of his life. He attempts to finally sell a house to a couple which has already turned down the first 46 houses he has shown them. He goes on a trip with his 15-year-old son to visit the basketball and baseball halls of fame, but the magic of Cooperstown eludes them. INDEPENDENCE DAY was the first ever to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the Pen/Faulkner Award.
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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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

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

Times Literary Supplement
"Ford's achievement in 'Independence Day'--and it is a considerable one--is to reclaim the strangeness of a country which he knows is at least as beguiling as it is wretched, and to rescue it from its worst own image. Amazingly, this late in the American century, he gives every impression of cruising through a territory nobody has laid claim to, nailing it with such a devouring--such an undeceived--eye that it begins to seem new again and in need of a writer of Ford's marvellous talents to explain and translate it. It needs a path cut through its potentially muderous complexities with what Ford is not embarrassed to call 'a hungrified wonder'." - Gordon Burn 07/14/1994

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

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

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Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0464
Product attributePublisher:   Vintage Books
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