Between Them by Richard Ford
Remembering My Parents

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At its strongest, with simply etched sentences and slow stabs of wisdom, this memoir conjures Rock Springs, Ford’s faultless 1987 story collection...
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From American master Richard Ford, a memoir: his first work of nonfiction, a stirring narrative of memory and parental love

How is it that we come to consider our parents as people with rich and intense lives that include but also exclude us? Richard Ford’s parents—Edna, a feisty, pretty Catholic-school girl with a difficult past; and Parker, a sweet-natured, soft-spoken traveling salesman—were rural Arkansans born at the turn of the twentieth century. Married in 1928, they lived “alone together” on the road, traveling throughout the South. Eventually they had one child, born late, in 1944.

For Ford, the questions of what his parents dreamed of, how they loved each other and loved him become a striking portrait of American life in the mid-century. Between Them is his vivid image of where his life began and where his parents’ lives found their greatest satisfaction.

Bringing his celebrated candor, wit, and intelligence to this most intimate and mysterious of landscapes—our parents’ lives—the award-winning storyteller and creator of the iconic Frank Bascombe delivers an unforgettable exploration of memory, intimacy, and love.

 

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 May 2, 2017 by Ecco. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by WILLIAM GIRALDI on May 03 2017

At its strongest, with simply etched sentences and slow stabs of wisdom, this memoir conjures Rock Springs, Ford’s faultless 1987 story collection...

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Reviewed by Blake Morrison on May 24 2017

The two tributes in this short book were composed 30 years apart...But there is the same tone of voice throughout: serious, contemplative, reluctant to make grand claims, determined to be as accurate as possible, and desperate to preserve two lives that might otherwise pass unnoticed.

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Reviewed by Tim Adams on May 14 2017

The act of writing those lives, has been if anything, Ford suggests, less poignant for him than a “source of immense exhilaration”. His readers, those with parents, and those without them, will feel that too.

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