Independence Day
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Independence Day

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Frank Bascombe, in the aftermath of his divorce and the ruin of his career, has entered an 'Existence Period' - selling real estate in New Jersey and mastering the high-wire act of normalcy. But, over one Fourth of July weekend, Frank is called into sudden, bewildering engagement with life. "Independence Day" is a moving, peerlessly funny odyssey through America and through the layered consciousness of one of its most compelling literary incarnations, conducted by a novelist of extraordinary empathy and perception.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 32mm | 335g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747585245
  • 9780747585244
  • 47,868

Review quote

'It is nothing less than the story of the twentieth century itself ... an extraordinary epic' The Times 'The best novel out of America in many years, a funny, achingly sad account of a father's disastrous outing with his son - and much else besides ... Simply, a masterpiece' John Banville, Guardian 'Ford's mature prose style, with its long, sinuous, lavishly articulate sentences, is now one of the glories of modern American writing' Jonathan Raban, Observer 'My novel of the year is Independence Day, the unexpectedly symphonic sequel to The Sportswriter, which is coming to be seen as the landmark American novel of the decade' Gordon Burn, Independentshow more

About Richard Ford

Richard Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1944. He has published five novels and three collections of stories, including The Sportswriter, Independence Day, Wildlife, A Multitude of Sins and most recently The Lay of the Land. Independence Day was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction.show more

Review Text

"It is nothing less than the story of the twentieth century itself - an extraordinary epic." (The Times)show more

Rating details

13,009 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 31% (4,014)
4 38% (4,895)
3 21% (2,739)
2 7% (970)
1 3% (391)
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