Review: THE LAY OF THE LAND by Richard Ford

Out of Character

by Joseph O’ Neill for The Atlantic Monthly (Jan. 2, 2007)

” “No tricks,” Raymond Carver crisply enjoined the prospective writer. “At the first sign of a trick or gimmick in a piece of fiction…I tend to look for cover.” Carver was, as everybody knows, a mentor, friend, and admirer of Richard Ford; yet one can’t help wondering whether Ford’s verbally awesome but, I fear, fundamentally specious new novel would have had the maestro ducking behind a parapet. ”

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