Search Results: "Richard Ford"


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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 >

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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 >

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BETWEEN THEM by Richard Ford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A subtle, careful testament to devotion and a son's love for his parents."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning fiction writer tells what he knows of the marriage of his loving parents—and what he can never know, as the only child who came between them. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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LET ME BE FRANK WITH YOU by Richard Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Another Bascombe novel would be a surprise, but so is this—a welcome one.
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The novelist returns with his favorite protagonist for a coda that is both fitting and timely. Read full book review >

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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 >