Let Me Be Frank With You
Vendor: Harper Perennial
Number of Pages: 272
Dimensions: 8.00 × 5.31 (inches)
In this brilliant new work, Richard Ford returns to the celebrated fictional landscape that sealed his reputation as an American master: the world of Frank Bascombe
In his trio of critically acclaimed, bestselling novels—The Sportswriter, the Pulitzer Prize–winning Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land—Richard Ford illuminated the zeitgeist of an entire generation through the divinings and wit of his now-famous literary chronicler, Frank Bascombe. Here, in Let Me Be Frank With You, Ford returns with four deftly linked stories narrated by the iconic Bascombe, one of the most indelible, provocative and anticipated characters in modern American literature.
Now sixty-eight, and again ensconced in the well-defended New Jersey suburb of Haddam, Bascombe has thrived—seemingly if not utterly—in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. As in all of the Bascombe books, Ford’s guiding spirit is the old comic’s maxim that promises if nothing’s funny, nothing’s truly serious. The desolation of Sandy, which rendered houses, shorelines and countless lives unmoored and flattened, could scarcely be more serious as the grist for fiction. Yet it is the perfect backdrop and touchstone for Ford—and Bascombe. Told with a flawless comedic sensibility and unblinking intelligence, these stories range over the full complement of contemporary subjects: aging, race, loss, faith, marriage, redemption, the real-estate crash—the tumult of the world we live in.
Whether you’ve been a Bascombe insider since The Sportswriter or are encountering Ford’s unforgettable inventions newly here, Let Me Be Frank With You is a moving, wondrous, extremely funny odyssey, showcasing the maturity and brilliance of a great writer working at the top of his talents.