Let Me Be Frank with You (Frank Bascombe Series #4)

Let Me Be Frank with You (Frank Bascombe Series #4)

by Richard Ford


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A brilliant new work that returns Richard Ford to the hallowed territory that sealed his reputation as an American master: the world of Frank Bascombe, and the landscape of his celebrated novels The Sportswriter, the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner winning Independence Day, and The Lay of the Land.

In his trio of world-acclaimed novels portraying the life of an entire American generation, Richard Ford has imagined one of the most indelible and widely discussed characters in modern literature, Frank Bascombe. Through Bascombe—protean, funny, profane, wise, often inappropriate—we’ve witnessed the aspirations, sorrows, longings, achievements and failings of an American life in the twilight of the twentieth century.

Now, in Let Me Be Frank with You, Ford reinvents Bascombe in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. In four richly luminous narratives, Bascombe (and Ford) attempts to reconcile, interpret and console a world undone by calamity. It is a moving and wondrous and extremely funny odyssey through the America we live in at this moment. Ford is here again working with the maturity and brilliance of a writer at the absolute height of his powers. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061692079
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Series: Frank Bascombe Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 323,308
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Richard Ford is the author of the Bascombe novels, which include The Sportswriter and its sequels—Independence Day, the first novel to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and The Lay of the Land—as well as the New York Times bestselling novel Canada and the short story collections Rock Springs and A Multitude of Sins, which contain many widely anthologized stories. He lives in Boothbay, Maine, with his wife, Kristina Ford.

Date of Birth:

February 16, 1944

Place of Birth:

Jackson, Mississippi


B.A., Michigan State University, 1966; M.F.A., University of California, Irvine, 1970

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Let Me Be Frank With You 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
SoCal_Reader More than 1 year ago
Pure bliss! Ford, via Frank Bascombe, will make you laugh, cry and count your blessings. No character in modern fiction is more pragmatic about the human condition. Frank knows how to "keep calm and carry on" through all the difficult life experiences set forth in this collection. As always, the language and structure is lovely. Don't miss this treat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Frank Bascombe is one of my favorite characters in fiction, & Richard Ford is a master of character development. b/c I am the same age as Ford & Frank Bascombe, I could identify with all of the feelings of aging. Thankfully, Frank continues to live on, so I can only hope this is not the final Bascombe novel. It's a slim volume of four separate stores, but well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Caught squirrel
DavidH10 More than 1 year ago
I almost swore off reading Ford after his The Lay of the Land because his inability to tell a story without politicizing everything was so annoying.  After reading Let Me Be Frank with You, I can honestly say I'm done with him.  What could be a great narrative about the trials of aging and challenges that come with reconciliation too often becomes a gratuitous slam on anything conservative and delusional praise of all things Obama.  It's silly, really, and trite.  Ford is too good for this.  It is fiction, of course, so I simply interpret everything he says as false.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No modern family saga novels are that good (even the good earth trio by buck and she got a nobel) if you read the first two helps. Does not compare to LMA 's March family saga littke women little men and jo's boys though she did say she was glad to be finished with them and didnt have them all swallowed by an earthquake !