A Multitude of Sins: Stories

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Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2001 - Failure (Psychology) - 278 pages
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Nearly four years after the publication of Women with Men, Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford delivers another masterful work, one that reaffirms why The New York Times has called him “one of his generation’s most eloquent voices.” Only a storyteller as agile and finally serious as Richard Ford could produce an array of stories so rich and formally diverse upon a single grand theme – love, intimacy and their dramatic failures. Ford’s Multitude of Sins evokes, in an unflinching candor, our failure to be faithful, to be sincere, to be empathetic, to be patient, to be honest, to be passionate, ultimately to be loving toward those we desire or merely should care for. As in all his work, the settings are as distinct as Montreal is from New Orleans. Though, with the fiercest intensity here, Ford is again drawn to relations between women and men – amorous liaison in and out and to the sides of marriage. There, his extraordinary stories contend, our entire sense of right and wrong is enacted, put on vivid and unforgettable display.

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User Review  - RandyMetcalfe - LibraryThing

The stories collected here reveal Ford in his full mastery of the short form. Always unsettling, always turning away from the direct path. Ford’s characters are always undercutting themselves, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - citygirl - LibraryThing

All of the short stories concern marriage and infidelity, painting marriage as bleak intimacy and infidelity as a banal detour that never gets you what you want. In ways reminiscent of Updike, Ford ... Read full review


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He was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1944 & grew up there & in Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated from Michigan State University & received an M. F. A. in 1970 from the University of California at Irvine. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts & American Academy of Arts & Letters Award for Literature. He was also given the 1994 Rea Award. In 2001 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud prize. He made The New York Times Best Seller List for his title's Canada and Let Me Be Frank with You.

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