Let Me Be Frank with You (Frank Bascombe)

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Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize

A brilliant new work that returns Richard Ford to the hallowed territory that sealed his reputation as an American master: the world of Frank Bascombe, and the landscape of his celebrated novels The Sportswriter, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner winning Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land.

In his trio of world-acclaimed novels portraying the life of an entire American generation, Richard Ford has imagined one of the most indelible and widely discussed characters in modern literature, Frank Bascombe. Through Bascombe--protean, funny, profane, wise, often inappropriate--we've witnessed the aspirations, sorrows, longings, achievements and failings of an American life in the twilight of the twentieth century.

Now, in Let Me Be Frank with You, Ford reinvents Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In four richly luminous narratives, Bascombe (and Ford) attempts to reconcile, interpret and console a world undone by calamity. It is a moving and wondrous and extremely funny odyssey through the America we live in at this moment. Ford is here again working with the maturity and brilliance of a writer at the absolute height of his powers.

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"Ford is celebrated for his Frank Bascombe novels--stories swirling around the life of a middle-aged real estate agent. His profession lends itself to Ford's rich descriptions of natural land. Here, Ford places Bascombe in the wake of Hurricane Sandy."--Huffington Post, Best Books for Fall 2014

"Bascombe is a little grumpier than before but no less introspective...As in the previous books, his fast-running internal commentary on those neighbors...is the book's engine, streaming along, carrying us from one scene to the next and binding them all together."--Town & Country

"In his Frank Bascombe novels--The Sportswriter, Independence Day and The Lay of the Land--Richard Ford bares the male psyche at various ages. Bascombe is retired now, and let's just say: Life's leading to one inevitable place. As ever, his ruminations offer insight."--AARP, Editor's Picks

"The Pulizer Prize-winner ricochets off his 'Frank Bascombe Trilogy' of novels (The Sportswriter, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land) with four themed stories told by Bascombe, his insightful, funny and irreverent main character now living in New Jersey."--Sacramento Bee

"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 stream of consciousness."--Washington Post

"Though often compared to Updike's Rabbit, Frank is far more discerning and sophisticated. He analyzes the landscape, while Rabbit melts into it. He comprehends what only mystifies Rabbit."--Newsday

"Through Ford's writing, Frank Bascombe became a major literary figure during the final years of the 20th century, serving as a witness to the era's aspirations and defeats... Frank Bascombe remains a literary character who is capable of striking chords in readers that they will clearly recognize in themselves."--Bookreporter.com

..".you don't read the Bascombe books for plot. You read them for Ford's gleaming sentences, which in Let Me Be Frank are as burnished as ever, and for the quality of Frank's questing intelligence, which persists in sensing what's coming."--USA Today

"I've known Frank since the publication of The Sportswriter in 1986, when word went out that Mississippi had produced yet another brilliant novelist. His writing and pithy insights keep pages turning...The funny, and sometimes sad, truth of his stories verifies our own reality."--Miami Herald

The heart of the genius of Frank Bascombe [is that] Ford could have suffocated him with the strictures of a quotidian existence... Instead the ordinary is an aperture into the extraordinary.--Newsweek

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Richard Ford returns to the territory that sealed his reputation as a master: the world of Frank Bascombe

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