Monday, March 30, 2009

Favorite Author: Richard Ford

I have been smitten with Richard Ford ever since he introduced me to his Everyman hero Frank Bascombe in The Sportswriter. I followed Bascombe through the Pulitzer-winning sequel, Independence Day, and the most recent Lay of the Land. Like John Updike's Rabbit novels, Bascombe's saga offered me a tour inside the male psyche for which I am grateful and on which I often muse.

Ford also is justly acclaimed for his short stories. Those I have read, I appreciated. But I am not good about reading short stories -- always passing up a volume of stories for a novel when picking my next book. But I plan to read Ford's short story collections as well as the novels. Vintage Ford is a collection of previously published stories, but I include it on this list because it also includes a short memoir published for the first time.

Those I have already read are in red. Those currently on my TBR shelf are in blue. I will eventually read them all.

A Piece of My Heart (1976)

The Ultimate Good Luck (1981)

The Sportswriter (1986)

Rock Springs (short stories; 1987)


Independence Day (1995)

Women with Men (short stories; 1997)

A Multitude of Sins (short stories; 2002)

Vintage Ford (collection; 2004)

The Lay of the Land (2006)

Canada (2012)


Last updated on April 19, 2012.


  1. I think I have only read the short story Rock Springs. I remember the name, but cant recall the story. I also have the Sporstwriter but I have not had a chance to read it yet.

  2. Ford is one of those old school guy's guy authors, like Updike or Bellow. To make a gross generalization, I tend to prefer male authors of literary fiction to female, and Ford is one of the reasons.

  3. May be I read sometimes about this author. i like to know more. Hopefully it can give me some idea. Thanks inventory management


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