Book Talk: Frank Bascombe bears witness in new Richard Ford novel

Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:03am EST
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By Bernard Vaughan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - It’s been almost 30 years since Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Ford introduced readers to Frank Bascombe with “The Sportswriter,” the first of four books involving the iconic character.

His latest, “Let Me Be Frank With You,” finds an aging hero drawn into intimate, uncomfortable experiences in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, where he lives.

Ford, 70, recently spoke with Reuters.

Q: What would you say this book is about?

A: What I’ve come to think in the months since this book was finished is that it’s about bearing witness, and what the constellations and comforts of bearing witness might be.

Q: How much of you is in Frank?

A: As little as I can make. I’m always having Frank express opinions and behave in ways that have nothing to do with me.

Q: How did you feel writing about Frank’s adjusting to aging while you're presumably dealing with some of the same issues?   Continued...