Books by Richard Ford

The author of five previous novels and three collections of short fiction, Richard Ford’s honours also include the PEN/Malamud Award. He lives in Maine and New Orleans.


CANADA by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2012

"At the start of the novel's coda, when Dell explains that he teaches his students "books that to me seem secretly about my young life," he begins the list with The Heart of Darkness and The Great Gatsby. Such comparisons seem well-earned."
A great American novel by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author. Read full book review >
THE LAY OF THE LAND by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Though not as consistently compelling as Independence Day (too many chickens coming home to roost), this reaffirms that Frank Bascombe is for Ford what Rabbit Angstrom is for Updike."
The third and most eventful novel in the Frank Bascombe series takes a whiplash turn from comedy (occasionally slapstick) toward tragedy. Read full book review >
A MULTITUDE OF SINS by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2002

"Typical Ford: earnest, labored, only intermittently illuminated by vivid characters and convincing impressions of the variety of their lives."
Actually, it's a single sin: adultery and its "multitude" of consequences, explored with varying success in this dour collection of nine stories and a novella, Ford's third such, following Rock Springs (1997) and Women Without Men (1987). Read full book review >
WOMEN WITH MEN by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 1997

"Scraps and leavings, seemingly, caught between the labored and the imitated."
A reader meeting Ford via these three pieces might wonder why laurels of the Pulitzer and PEN/Faulkner kind have befallen this (The Sportswriter, 1986; Independence Day, 1995) particular writer. Read full book review >
INDEPENDENCE DAY by Richard Ford
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 21, 1995

"Humorless and full of sham insight ("We're all free agents"), though fans of the first installment will not be disappointed."
Ford follows his much-celebrated The Sportswriter (1986), picking up the story about six years later, as Frank Bascombe, now in his 40s, emerges from the midlife crisis depicted in the earlier book. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1990 by Shannon Ravenel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1990

"A fair sampling of what's happening in American fiction today."
This year's collection of North American stories suffers from a bad editorial policy: unlike the British-based series (see Gordon & Hughes, below), this annual volume includes stories that are also being reprinted this year in books by their respective authors. Read full book review >
WILDLIFE by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1990

"These K-Mart pearls are the kind that country-and-western songs are strung with, and here especially they appear to be the only things Ford's high lonesome sound is after."
Readers of Ford's last book, a story collection (Rock Springs, 1987), will orient themselves quickly here—and wonder if maybe this isn't a story that got away from that collection and got puffed up a little. Read full book review >
ROCK SPRINGS by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 1987

"Ford's grim meandering serves these best—and makes them the standouts in an otherwise unexceptional collection."
Ford's stories can be individually striking, but corralling them lessens the effect: they seem like the same story done over. Read full book review >
THE SPORTSWRITER by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1986

"Ford's singular voice seems squandered on such disposable wisdom and such an insignificant life."
For all its technical virtuosity, Ford's chummy narrative fails to transcend its rather tired genre: the male, mid-life crisis novel. Read full book review >
QUEST FOR THE FARADAWN by Richard Ford
Released: May 28, 1982

"A hardworking but contrived and clumsy fable-hybrid—for only the most undemanding, gullible fantasists."
A peculiar and often wearisomely didactic fantasy-debut that begins as a Watership-style animal saga, progresses to elves and magic after The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, and ends up with the author suggesting that it's all "at the very least, based on fact." Read full book review >
THE ULTIMATE GOOD LUCK by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 23, 1981

"But this second novel fulfills none of that promise, settling instead for dismal posturing and imitative melodrama."
As Ford (A Piece of My Heart) goes about setting up his initial scene—a rootless, alienated American in Oaxaca, Mexico, picks up an equally rootless girl and takes her to a boxing match where one of the fighters promptly has one of his eyeballs punched out—you begin to get a sinking feeling. Read full book review >
A PIECE OF MY HEART by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 1976

"Ford's book is not everyone's but it's potentiated by a very real talent—broody, moody stuff with some strong writing in a landscape of desolation and slow time running out."
Richard Ford's one of the new southern regional writers who's as unavoidable as the heat or the chiggers. Read full book review >