Rock Springs

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Oct 2, 2006 - Fiction - 256 pages

In these ten stories, Ford mines literary gold from the wind-scrubbed landscape of the American West - and from the guarded hopes and gnawing loneliness of the people who live there. A refugee from justice driving across Wyoming with his daughter; an unhappy girlfriend and a stolen Mercedes; a boy watching his family dissolve in a night of tragicomic violence; two men and a woman swapping hard-luck stories in a frontier bar as they try to sweeten their luck. Rock Springs is a masterpiece of taut narration, cleanly chiselled prose, and empathy so generous that it feels like a kind of grace.

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User Review  - froxgirl - LibraryThing

Ten stories with one united theme: Montana is a horrible place to live. Each story demonstrates the follies of men and the subsequent responses of women and children. They are all written in the first ... Read full review

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Rock Springs: 10 tales about middlin' Americans in the West. Characters all discover good and evill, love and hate, success and failure. Stories are about simple and straightforward people, all ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)


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.

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