The library emails me a monthly newsletter listing of bestsellers, so last night I downloaded Canada
(thinking it was about Canada - it's not. Also not a bestseller, I don't think, but I won't hold that against them -- it's free).
Looks interesting, though, and will be good summer reading...
“Canada,” Ford’s seventh novel to date, begins in Montana in 1960. It’s narrated by Dell Parsons, the son of a retired Air Force pilot, and a schoolteacher. At the beginning of the novel, Dell’s parents are sent to jail for robbing a bank, leaving him and his twin sister, Berner, to fend for themselves. The story illustrates the way that one foolish decision can destroy a whole family, mapping out a future of destitution and loneliness. The book sees Ford return to a simpler style of prose, marking a distinctive shift away from the more elaborate language of the Frank Bascombe novels.
profiles the author, Richard Ford, today and his thoughts on how writing is an act of optimism.