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A trilogy of brilliant novels--The Sportswriter
, Independence Day
, and The Lay of the Land
--that charts the life and times of one of the most beloved and enduring characters in modern fiction.
When we meet Frank Bascombe in The Sportswriter
, his unguarded voice instantly wins us over and pulls us into a life that has been irrevocably changed--by the loss of a marriage, a career, a child. We then follow Frank, ever laconic and observant, through Independence Day
and The Lay of the Land
, witnessing his fortune's rise and his family's fragmentation. With finely honed prose and an eye that captures the most subtle nuances of the human condition--all its pathos and beauty and strangeness--Ford transforms this ordinary man's life into a riveting, moving parable of life in America today.
“With a mastery second to none, Richard Ford has created a character we know as well as our next-door neighbors. Frank Bascombe has earned himself a place beside Willy Loman and Harry Angstrom in our literary landscape, but he has done so with a wry wit and a fin de siècle wisdom that is very much his own.” —The New York Times Book Review