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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780747585992
ISBN-10: 0747585997
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 25mm)
Pages: 736
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 18-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Richard Ford

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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