Between Them: Remembering My Parents

between them cover image Between Them: Remembering My Parents

by Richard Ford
People & Profiles
Ecco Press
Hardcover, 192 pages

This is an intimate family portrait composed of two memoirs written thirty years apart by American novelist and short-story writer Richard Ford. The first was written about his father, Parker, a traveling salesman who rambled around the South (for years in the company of his wife) selling laundry starch. The second portrays Ford’s mother, Edna, who left a convent and later married her husband at age seventeen. Fifteen years later the couple had a son, Richard. He weaves together their stories (and the story of the family and himself) in an affectionate and contemplative meditation that recalls for us James Agee’s A Death in the Family. It’s an act of love!