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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,825 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Ford Narrator: Joe Barrett Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bascombe Series Release Date:
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With The Sportswriter in 1985, Richard Ford began a cycle of novels that ten years later—after Independence Day won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award—was hailed by the Times of London as “an extraordinary epic [that] is nothing less than the story of the twentieth century itself.”

Frank Bascombe’s story resumes, in the fall of 2000, with the presidential election still hanging in the balance and Thanksgiving looming before him with all the perils of a post-nuclear family get-together. He’s now plying his trade as a realtor on the Jersey shore and contending with health, marital, and familial issues that have his full attention: “all the ways that life seems like life at age fifty-five strewn around me like poppies.”

Richard Ford’s first novel in over a decade: the funniest, most engaging (and explosive) book he’s written, and a major literary event.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This reaffirms that Frank Bascombe is for Ford what Rabbit Angstrom is for Updike.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred)

  • “As in many literary classics, the beauty of this novel is in its presentation, the word choice and perfect phrases, and in Bascombe’s unwaveringly honest and humorous narration. Ford manages to become his character and remove authorial boundaries, transforming his novel into a story told to us by an old friend. A fitting way to complete the Frank Bascombe legacy.”

    Library Journal

  • The Lay of the Land…is distinct not only for its singular style but also because of its generosity. Ford shows that life is never easy and never placid…Yet we keep moving forward for that occasional moment of pure understanding.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “By now, we have gotten to know Frank Bascombe well enough to take his measure, and to appreciate that, like almost no one else in our recent literature, he is life-size.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Ford once again shows why he deserves to be hailed as one of the great American fiction novelists of his generation.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • A 2006 Time Magazine Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2006 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year
  • A 2006 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
  • A 2006 New York Times Book Review Notable Book

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ginger | 2/19/2014

    " can you add a book that you just couldn't finish because it was simply to mundane? sorry mr. ford. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa | 2/19/2014

    " I had not read Ford before and was intrigued by the complexity of his Frank Bascombe. I somehow assumed that there would be more "action" in the novel but was perfectly happy to spend some time watching this man maneuver through his life and enjoyed Ford's skill as a writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sharon Jessee | 2/18/2014

    " Perhaps my favorite, although Sportswriter and Rock Springs collection are close "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lynnekfisher | 2/12/2014

    " As Frank ages this hits a little too close to the bone, making it harder to finish than first two. "

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