The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford

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There's not a line in the nearly 500 pages that you would want to lose...Those future historians will do well...yo read Richard Ford's remarkable three books, which prove the point that life is what happens when we are not looking, and which are happy and sad, alive to all that is already there and full of remarkable invention.
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A sportswriter and a real estate agent, husband and father –Frank Bascombe has been many things to many people. His uncertain youth behind him, we follow him through three days during the autumn of 2000, when his trade as a realtor on the Jersey Shore is thriving. But as a presidential election hangs in the balance, and a postnuclear-family Thanksgiving looms before him, Frank discovers that what he terms “the Permanent Period” is fraught with unforeseen perils. An astonishing meditation on America today and filled with brilliant insights, The Lay of the Land is a magnificent achievement from one of the most celebrated chroniclers of our time.


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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 October 24, 2006 by Vintage. 498 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Tim Adams on Oct 08 2006

There's not a line in the nearly 500 pages that you would want to lose...Those future historians will do well...yo read Richard Ford's remarkable three books, which prove the point that life is what happens when we are not looking, and which are happy and sad, alive to all that is already there and full of remarkable invention.

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