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Richard Ford
General Fiction
Ecco (May 22, 2012)
Hardcover - 432 pages

The opening lines capture the range and character of Ford's deepest sympathies: "First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later. The robbery is the most important part, since it served to set my and my sister's lives on the courses they eventually followed. Nothing would make complete sense without that being told first." The narrator is the fifteen-year-old Dell Parsons. The sister is his twin. The parents were "simply wrong for each other and should never have married..." The time is the summer of 1960 in Great Falls, Montana. The characters are tautly drawn and introspective. The plot is elegant and symmetrically structured. The writing is finely wrought. Pure Ford!