Independence Day by Richard Ford
Bascombe Trilogy (2)

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The Pulitzer-Prize Winning novel for 1996.In this visionary sequel to The Sportswriter, Richard Ford deepens his portrait of one of the most unforgettable characters in American fiction, and in so doing gives us an indelible portrait of America.Frank Bascombe, in the aftermath of his divorce and the ruin of his career, has entered an "Existence Period," selling real estate in Haddam, New Jersey, and mastering the high-wire act of normalcy. But over one Fourth of July weekend, Frank is called into sudden, bewildering engagement with life.Independence Day is a moving, peerlessly funny odyssey through America and through the layered consciousness of one of its most compelling literary incarnations, conducted by a novelist of astonishing empathy and perception.
 

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 September 1, 2010 by Vintage. 463 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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.

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In addition to the principal players orbiting like moons around Frank Bascombe's planet-sized ego, there are memorable cameo figures like his former boss, old man Schwindell, who alternates between sucking on Pall Malls and the nozzle of an oxygen tank, and Char, a saucy chef Frank meets in the D...

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Publishers Weekly

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In this sequel to The Sportswriter, Ford follows his middle-aged American everyman, Frank Bascombe, through the transformative events of a Fourth of July weekend.

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Ford is the author now of five novels and a book of short stories, but he is probably best known for The Sportswriter (1988), widely praised as a realistic, compassionate and humorous view of American life as seen through the eyes of a highly intelligent and deeply involved observer.

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Entertainment Weekly

In keeping with his desire to be usefully engaged and stave off despair, Bascombe provides us with a minutely detailed, often witty account of a moderately disastrous three days — July 4th weekend 1988 — in which he almost sells a house, almost breaks up with his lover, argues with his ex-wife, ...

Jun 23 1995 | Read Full Review of Independence Day: Bascombe Tr...

The Washington Post

(Previous winners include Rabbit Angstrom and Augie March.) Now Frank has returned, ushering us through the four linked novellas in “Let Me Be Frank With You” — which arrives, like an early Christmas gift, to soothe fans who assumed they’d never again have the pleasure of wading through his strea...

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

One of our foremost political historians compares Jefferson's initial draft of the Declaration of Independence with the final document, uncovering a far different original intent than the final version shows and offering readers a fresh perspective on both the Declaration and Jefferson's politica...

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Meticulously researched and richly detailed, John Ferling's history of the American Revolution follows the wildfire of defiance as it spread from Philadelphia accross the thirteen colonies.

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London Review of Books

For Ford this was the discovery of writing frankly, or Frankly.

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Spirituality & Practice

Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed This story revolves around a few days in the life of Frank Bascombe in 1988 — the protagonist of "The Sportswriter" (1988).

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US Daily Review

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In honor of America’s Independence Day, the expert editors from Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com name 10 Cars that Reignite the American Dream (http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/top-10-cars-that-reignite-the-american-dream/) to honor a resurgence of new vehicles from Detroit-based manufact...

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