The Lay of the Land

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Jun 18, 2007 - Fiction - 726 pages
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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User Review  - witchyrichy - LibraryThing

I really wanted to like this book with its story of Frank Bascombe as he faces the Permanent Period of his life. I'm not sure it matters that this was the third book in a series: I learned enough ... Read full review

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User Review  - cstebbins - LibraryThing

Walker Percy without the faith. I read an interview with this character somewhere, in which he said something to the effect that we must look for comfort to art rather than religion. I take it that ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Richard Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1944. He has published six other novels and two previous collections of stories which include The Sportswriter, Independence Day and most recently A Multitude of Sins. Independence Day was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first time the same book had won both prizes.

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