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Richard Ford

USA flag (b.1944)

Richard Ford is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist and short story writer. His best-known works are the novel The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day and The Lay of the Land, and the widely anthologized story collection Rock Springs.

Ford lived for many years in the French Quarter and then in the Garden District of New Orleans, Louisiana, where his wife Kristina was the executive director of the city planning commission. He now lives in Maine where he teaches at Bowdoin College.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Richard Ford recommends
Dream State (1995)
Moira Crone
"These are intelligent, satisfying, and often extremely witty stories."
Storm Riders (2000)
Craig Lesley
"Storm Riders is an exacting, serious and generous novel. Its great virtue is that it's wise as well as clear-sighted in its faith in human beings. As I read I continually felt (as I rarely do) that this book could be about me."
Great Dream of Heaven (2002)
Sam Shepard
"These stories are irresistible."
All the Men Are Sleeping (2002)
D R MacDonald
"Such great and captivating fluency with the physical, the natural and most particularly with the human realm of events. These wonderful stories have been a revelation to me...Mr. MacDonald is an extraordinary writer."
A Student of Living Things (2006)
Susan Richards Shreve
"Stylish and sleek and tightly configured... steeped in our incongruities and potent mysteries - most especially those of the heart."
Cryers Hill (2007)
Kitty Aldridge
"Mercurial, deft and wondrous in its sentences and uncanny descriptions. Grave, knowing, melancholy, often extremely funny and ultimately optimistic."
February (2010)
Lisa Moore
"An astonishing writer."
The Girls (2016)
Emma Cline
"The Girls is a brilliant and intensely consuming novel - imposing not just for a writer so young, but for any writer, any time."
Into the Sun (2016)
Deni Ellis Béchard
"Into the Sun is the sort of book I’m always hungry for - the serious novel in which the guns literally go off. Béchard makes me think of Graham Greene and Robert Stone, which is heady company, indeed."
The Summer Goddess (2016)
Joanne Hall
"The short, sharp prose places you in the thick of it..."
Teethmarks On My Tongue (2016)
Eileen Battersby
"Teethmarks On My Tongue is an utterly stirring (first!)novel. Its stylish, perfectly observed, ambitious and complete."
Larchfield (2017)
Polly Clark
"Larchfield is that rarest of rare first novels - a book that actually achieves its great ambition. I found it so immensely readable; it's brainy, verbally acute and knowing, with an ingenious literary historical premise that it impressively (and artfully) carries off right in front of your eyes. It's work of considerable talent."
Midwinter Break (2017)
Bernard MacLaverty
"MacLaverty's prose is deceptively simple and rewardingly straight-forward and efficient. But what he writes about in this much anticipated novel - the resilience and stress-lines of human love experienced over much time - is anything but simple and straight-forward. It’s the stuff of life."
First Snow, Last Light (2017)
Wayne Johnston
"Wayne Johnston is a wondrous writer - of rich, irresistibly readable prose. He possesses a deft intelligence and a rare sense of what’s truly interesting to tell about life."
Lake Success (2018)
Gary Shteyngart
"Gary Shteyngart hears America perfectly; its fatuity, its poignant lament, its boisterous self-loathing. Its heartbeat. Reading him sometimes makes me want to scream - with recognition and with pure hilarity."
If You Leave Me (2018)
Crystal Hana Kim
"If You Leave Me is graced with truly wonderful writing; great poise, lyricism, intelligence, and an utterly engrossing portrayal of life."
Pizza Girl (2020)
Jean Kyoung Frazier
"To Pizza Girl, Jean Kyoung Frazier brings a flawless ear for language, great inventiveness, unfailing intelligence and empathy, and best of all a rare and shimmering wit. This novel has immense appeal."
The Abstainer (2020)
Ian McGuire
"The Abstainer is truly terrific—a can’t-put-down book. It’s nothing less than a tight and spare and suspense-filled noir novel, masterfully set in 1860s Britain and America. And like all superb historical novels, it seems as modern and as contemporary as this morning."
The Magician (2021)
Colm Tóibín
"As with everything Colm Tóibín sets his masterful hand to, The Magician is a great imaginative achievement -- immensely readable, erudite, worldly and knowing, and fully realized."

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