LAY OF THE LAND

LAY OF THE LAND

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It is fall, 2000 and Frank Bascombe has arrived at a state of optimistic pragmatism that he calls the Permanent Period of life. Epic mistakes have already been made, dreams downsized, and Frank reflects that now at least there are fewer opportunities left in life to get things wrong. But the tranquillity he anticipated is not to be. In fact, as Thanksgiving dinner with his children and first wife nears, the Permanent Period proves as full of possibility as life had ever been. In his third Frank Bascombe novel Richard Ford contemplates the human character with wry precision. Graceful, expansive, filled with pathos but irresistibly funny, The Lay of the Land is a modern American masterpiece.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 726 pages
  • 111 x 179 x 27mm | 341g
  • English
  • 0747586365
  • 9780747586364
  • 91,611

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'Wistful, bittersweet - and often very funny ... seems to locate all the quiet despairs and hopes of the human condition with exquisite precision' Daily Telegraph
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About Richard Ford

Ford, Richard
Richard Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He has published eight novels and four collections of stories, including The Sportswriter, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land and the New York Times bestseller, Canada. Independence Day was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first time the same book had won both prizes. Let Me Be Frank with You was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize in 2015. His work has been translated into twenty-eight languages, and most recently was awarded the Prix Femina Étranger in France and the Princess of Asturias Prize for Literature in Spain. Richard Ford lives in Maine with his wife.
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Rating details

3,678 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
5 29% (1,054)
4 43% (1,573)
3 21% (758)
2 6% (211)
1 2% (82)
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