Forget the title: Ford’s still masterly at capturing America’s mood

15th January, 2015

First, let’s talk about that title. Authors aren’t always responsible for their titles. Sometimes publishers impose their own. So it isn’t necessarily Richard Ford’s fault that this new collection of stories featuring his everyman American hero Frank Bascombe is called Let Me Be Frank With You. It might, for example, be his publisher’s fault.

But whoever’s responsible for it, it’s a clanger: following the blunt...

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