A Multitude of Sins by Richard Ford

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One of the most celebrated and unflinching chroniclers of modern life now explores, in this masterful collection of short stories, the grand theme of intimacy, love, and their failures.

With remarkable insight and candor, Richard Ford examines liaisons in and out and to the sides of marriage. An illicit visit to the Grand Canyon reveals a vastness even more profound. A couple weekending in Maine try to recapture the ardor that has disappeared from their life together. And on a spring evening, a young wife tells her husband of her affair with the host of the dinner party they’re about to join. The rigorous intensity Ford brings to these vivid, unforgettable dramas marks this as his most powerfully arresting book to date–confirming the judgment of the New York Times Book Review that “nobody now writing looks more like an American classic.”

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About Richard Ford

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Richard Ford is the author of the Bascombe novels, which include The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day-the first novel to win the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award-and The Lay of the Land, as well as the short story collections Rock Springs and A Multitude of Sins, which contain many widely anthologized stories. He lives in Boothbay, Maine, with his wife, Kristina Ford.
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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and the superb “Puppy,” in which the unwelcome presence of a stray mutt exacerbates a complacent professional couple’s buried fears—until the unoffending creature becomes “a casualty of the limits we all place on our sympathy and our capacity for the ambiguous in life.” Typical Ford: earnest, la...

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A Multitude of Sins Richard Ford 224pp, Harvill, £15.99 "Did I give you anything you cared about?"

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'And I walked on then, feeling oddly but in no way profoundly betrayed, simply passed on down the street toward my own room and my own doors, my life entering, as it was at that moment, its first long cycle of necessity.' Ford once remarked that 'I think of stories as objects made of language, ...

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Publishers Weekly

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Tracing the blueprint of human interaction in this latest collection of nine short stories and a novella, Ford signals the master text of lust standing behind the multitude of small sins he so tersely and poignantly chronicles.

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Book Reporter

It's not a multitude of sins, it's just one single sin --- adultery.

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Entertainment Weekly

Whenever he drops the self-seriousness — as he does in ''Creche,'' a snappy Christmas tale about a Hollywood lawyer and her Ohio family — he hits a winner, but the stories are generally like those hotel rooms: bland, anonymous, interchangeable.

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