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A brilliant new work that returns Richard Ford to the hallowed territory that sealed his reputation as an American master: the world of Frank Bascombe and the landscape of his celebrated novels The Sportswriter, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner winning Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land

In his trio of world-renowned novels portraying the life of an entire American generation, Richard Ford has imagined one of the most indelible and widely discussed characters in modern literature, Frank Bascombe. Through Bascombe—protean, funny, profane, wise, often inappropriate—we’ve witnessed the aspirations, sorrows, longings, achievements, and failings of an American life in the twilight of the twentieth century.

Now, in Let Me Be Frank with You, Ford reinvents Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In four richly luminous narratives, Bascombe (and Ford) attempts to reconcile, interpret, and console a world undone by calamity. It is a moving and wondrous and extremely funny odyssey through the America we live in at this moment. Ford is here again working with the maturity and brilliance of a writer at the absolute height of his powers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The American master returns with another dispatch from Frank Bascombe.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “This cleverly titled set of four novellas narrated by Ford’s signature character, Frank Bascombe, is caustically hilarious, warmly philosophical, and emotionally lush…Like Frank, Ford, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence for Canada, certainly is incisively frank, forensically observant, and covertly tender.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Narrator Richard Poe is a gifted interpreter of Ford’s vision, with his sonorous tone and casual but engaging pacing. This latest check-in with Frank depicts the ordinary frustrations of life that everyone has to deal with, mixed with the disheartening and inevitable problems of growing older. Poe’s subtle narration is filled with nuance, along with a nod to both the character’s and the author’s maturation. The conclusion, the summing up of all that has happened to Frank, boils down to a universal truth that all of us find out if we live long enough. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Frank Bascombe, the protagonist of The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land, continues to reflect on the meaning of existence in these four absorbing, funny, and often profound novellas…Frank’s cranky comments and free-flowing meditations about current social and political events are slyly juxtaposed with references to Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Trollope, Emerson, Milton, and others. Despite Frank’s dyspeptic outlook, Ford packs in a surprising amount of affirmation and redemption. Readers who met Frank in Ford’s earlier novels will quickly reconnect with his indelible personality.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The novelist returns with his favorite protagonist for a coda that is both fitting and timely…Each of its four chapters could stand as a story on its own, featuring Frank’s meditations on odd encounters with someone from his past, now that he has settled into the detachment of retirement from the real-estate racket…Over the course of his encounters, there are a couple of revelations that might disturb a man who felt more, but plot is secondary here to Frank’s voice, which remains at a reflective remove from whatever others are experiencing. Another Bascombe novel would be a surprise, but so is this—a welcome one.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick in Fiction for November 2014
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2014 New York Times Notable Book
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