Let Me Be Frank with You: A Frank Bascombe Book - Richard Ford

In his award-winning series, The Sportswriter, Independence Day, and Lay of the Land, Richard Ford evolved his wise but hapless protagonist, Frank Bascombe. Let Me Be Frank with You (Ecco, $27.99), four inter-connected novellas, finds Frank on the New Jersey shore in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Sixty-eight and a retired realtor, Frank has escaped the devastation suffered by so many because he sold his ocean front property, opting for a simpler life in the small town of Haddam. Viewing the ruins of the area’s once grand houses offers Frank the opportunity to comment on wealth, race, politics, commercialization, and the general decline of the quality of life in twenty-first century America. This might be depressing if Ford wasn’t so eloquent and if Frank wasn’t so clear-eyed and hilarious.

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ISBN: 9780061692062
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Published: Ecco - November 4th, 2014

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ISBN: 9780061692079
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Published: Ecco - October 13th, 2015

The Stager - Susan Coll

Susan Coll, director of events and programs at Politics & Prose, is an accomplished novelist whose fifth book, The Stager (Sarah Crichton, $26), is set, like some of her earlier works, in a tony Washington area zip code (local readers may feel sure that The Stager’s characters closely resemble their own neighbors). But even if you live outside of Washington, you will appreciate (and be entertained by) Coll’s searing wit as she deftly deconstructs the excesses of upscale life in suburbia. The story revolves around a couple selling their house and hiring a stager to make the abode presentable to potential buyers, a topic that neatly lends itself to satire in Coll’s capable hands. One fun surprise: the best character in the book is not a person, but a rabbit. And a philosopher rabbit at that!

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ISBN: 9781250069375
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Published: Picador - July 7th, 2015

Florence Gordon - Brian Morton

Florence Gordon (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25) is an irascible seventy-five-year old Manhattan feminist, activist, and intellectual with no patience for tedious, directionless mediocrity. Yet against her preferences, her world seems to include her ex-husband, Lev, a failed academic; her son, Daniel, a policeman (!); his wife, Janine, a fawning dilettante; and her granddaughter, Emily, so young, and, really what are the youth of today thinking about? Do they even read? Well, Florence is about to discover that they do. Thanks to Emily’s persistent willingness to push back and argue, and Brian Morton’s richly evocative, patient story-telling style, over the course of a year, Florence rediscovers the meaning of family.

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ISBN: 9780544570245
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Published: Mariner Books - September 1st, 2015