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Richard Ford THE LAY OF THE LAND Signed First Edition

£14.99
First UK edition, first print hardback published by Bloomsbury Publishing in 2006. Signed by the author on the title page. This edition preceded the USA edition
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First UK edition, first print hardback of THE LAY OF THE LAND by Richard Ford and published by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc., London, in 2006. Signed (at Waterstone's Bookshop) by Richard Ford on the title page. The UK edition preceded the USA edition.

The book is in very good condition (Clean black cloth boards with large silver lettering) with only minor shelf wear to the dust jacket which is not price clipped. Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions. The jacket has the Waterstone's 'Signed by Author' sticker in place.

"It is fall, 2000 - and in every household and bar across the USA the likely outcome of the hijacked Presidential election is being hotly debated. Frank Bascombe, fifty-five, settled in his realty business in Sea-Clift, New Jersey, 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 tranquility he had anticipated is not to be. Who could have guessed that his second wife Sally would walk out on their apparently happy marriage? Or that, after all these years, he might be spending Thanksgiving dinner with first wife Ann and their two children? That Ann might still, after all, feel for him what he has never quite stopped feeling for her? Life in the Permanent Period proves as ambivalent, precarious and full of possibility as life had ever been.

In his third Frank Bascombe novel, which joins the bestselling The Sportswriter and Independence Day, Richard Ford contemplates the human character with wry precision and in luminous prose. Graceful, expansive, filled with pathos but irresistibly funny, The Lay of the Land is a modern American masterpiece.

'Frank Bascombe has earned himself a place beside Willy Loman and Harry Angstrom in our literary landscape, but he has done so with a wry wit and a fin de siecle wisdom that is very much his own.' New York Times Book Review. Shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

485 pages.

ISBN: 0 7475 8188 6

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Specifications
  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    1301
  • Weight:
    1.1kg