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Richard Ford
The Lay of the Land
 
 
Author
Richard Ford.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.15 x 6 x 1.45 inches
ISBN 9780747584322
Pages/Publication Date 485/2006
Daedalus Item Code 40158
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Beginning with The Sportswriter in 1985, Richard Ford has written a cycle of novels that—after Independence Day won both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award—was hailed by the London Times as "an extraordinary epic [that] is nothing less than the story of the 20th century itself." In The Lay of the Land, one of the New York Times Best Books of 2006, we rejoin Frank Bascombe as the 2000 presidential election hangs in the balance and Thanksgiving looms before him, with all the attendant perils of a post-nuclear family get-together. Still a realtor but now living on the Jersey shore, Frank at 55 finds his life is made of disparate bits and pieces "strewn around me like poppies."

"My great book of the year was Richard Ford's The Lay of the Land, his Ulysses, a long, painstakingly attentive, humanely comical celebration of the mid-life of his New Jersey real-estate salesman, Frank Bascombe, an American citizen at odds with, and at home in, America, whose story, so wonderfully written in every breath of every sentence, will teach you how to lead a well-examined life 'on the human scale'—and how to leave it."—Guardian (London)

 
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