New York: Harper & Row, (1976). First Edition. SIGNED by the author. 8vo. 297 pp. Brown cloth spine over light brown paper covered boards; in publisher's color illustrated wraparound dustjacket. A fine copy. Item #20772
In Richard Ford's first novel, he tells the violent, comic, and deeply moving story of two men, one pursuing a woman, the other pursuing himself on an island hideaway in the Mississippi. Here is a grim, phobic, nightmarish, and almost intolerable story, redeemed by its own extremity. Ford's best-known works are the novel The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land and Let Me Be Frank With You, and the short story collection Rock Springs, which contains several widely anthologized stories. Ford received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1996 for Independence Day.