With remarkable insight and candor, Richard Ford examines liaisons in and out and to the sides of marriage. Read more...
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With remarkable insight and candor, Richard Ford examines liaisons in and out and to the sides of marriage. An illicit visit to the Grand Canyon reveals a vastness even more profound. A couple weekending in Maine try to recapture the ardor that has disappeared from their life together. And on a spring evening, a young wife tells her husband of her affair with the host of the dinner party they're about to join. The rigorous intensity Ford brings to these vivid, unforgettable dramas marks this as his most powerfully arresting book to date-confirming the judgment of the "New York Times Book Review" that "nobody now writing looks more like an American classic."
A master of contemporary fiction returns with a first-rate collection of short stories. This is classic Ford, in miniature. In narratives that reflect on our own lives, he explores the complexities of the human heart and the meaning of marriage. Infidelity is a central theme here, and stories like "Reunion" and "Abyss" reveal the disillusionment that can occur once the excitement of an affair begins to fade. "Dominion," a penetrating look at a woman on the verge of divorce, disturbs even as it illuminates. The author's style here is subtle, his insights remarkable. Melancholy, richly detailed and true, this expert selection of stories is sure to satisfy Ford fans until his next novel.