Hardback $23.95 - Bloomsbury Publishing
Fiction - Published: 1/Jan/2007 - ISBN: 9780747585251
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.
Richard Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1944. He has published six novels which include The Sportswriter and Independence Day, and three collections of stories. Independence Day was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, which was the first time the same book had won both prizes.
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