Let Me Be Frank with You (Frank Bascombe)

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In his trio of bestselling novels - The Sportswriter, Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner-winning Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land - Richard Ford set out the zeitgeist of an entire generation, through the divining and wit of his now-famous literary chronicler, Frank Bascombe, one of the most indelible, provocative and anticipated characters in modern American literature. In Let Me Be Frank With You, Ford returns with four deftly linked Christmas stories narrated by the iconic Bascombe. Now sixty-eight, Frank resides again in the New Jersey suburb of Haddam, and has thrived - seemingly but not utterly - amidst the devastations of Hurricane Sandy. The desolations of Sandy, which left houses, shorelines and countless lives unmoored and flattened, are the perfect backdrop and touchstone for Ford - and Bascombe. With a flawless comedic sensibility and unblinking intelligence, these stories range over the full complement of universal subjects: ageing, race, loss, faith, marriage, the real estate debacle - the tumult of the world we live in.Through Bascombe - funny, profane, touching, wise, often inappropriate - we share the aspirations and sorrows, longings, achievements and failings of American life in the morning of the new century. With his trademark candour and brimming wit, Richard Ford brings Bascombe back in all his imperfect glory to say (often hilariously) what all of us are thinking but few will voice aloud.

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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

"The American master returns with another dispatch from Frank Bascombe."--San Antonio Express-News

"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

"Bascombe himself is still alive at the end of Let Me Be Frank With You. If he and we can defer the call of mortality, we can only hope to meet him again in 10 years' time."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Frank has reached his twilight years with his trademark wit and ruminative self-awareness intact, even if his body is starting to slide into geriatric betrayal...There's no doubt that this is the same old Frank.."Grade: B+--Entertainment Weekly

"Incredibly, Ford maintains, over 30 years, Frank's voice-he sounds much as he did when he was 38, except he is a little more prone to pontificating... This is what gripped readers on the first page of The Sportswriter...and what continues in Let Me Be Frank With You."--Chicago Tribune

"The fact that Let Me works as well as it does is a testament to Mr. Ford's strengths as a writer and his ability to turn his hero's contradictions and discontinuities into something more like the genuine complexities of a real human being."--Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"Of all the serial heroes bustling through postwar American fiction, Frank Bascombe makes the strongest claim on our affection... It is Mr. Ford's achievement to have made the musings of this suburban everyman captivating."--Wall Street Journal

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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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