Sorry For Your Trouble
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‘The god of small stories … A set of polished gems from a master craftsman’ Sunday Times
‘He writes about human beings and their disappointments with unfailing insight’ Observer
‘Finely crafted’ Mail on Sunday
‘American master’ Daily Telegraph
A woman and man, parted a quarter of a century, reunite in a bar in New Orleans as the St Patrick’s Day parade goes by. A divorced suburban dad helps his daughter pick out a card for her friend who’s moving away. A group of friends in late middle age, all once promising, reunite for dinner when one of their number loses her husband, but the gathering splinters when bitter revelations about their shared past emerge. Two teenage boys sit in a drive-in, the air thick with the scent of gin and popcorn and longing.
A visionary collection of luminous landscapes, of great moments in small lives, of the people we carry with us long after they are gone, Sorry for Your Trouble takes disappointment, ageing, grief, love and marriage and silhouettes them against the heady backdrop of Irish America in the past and present. Earthily humane and profoundly wise, the collection reconfirms its author as the master of contemporary American fiction.
Late style, in Ford, is loose-limbed, allusive, jokey in a rueful way, and mutedly elegiac ... A marvellous writer -- John Banville * Guardian * As you read Richard Ford, the harder you look, the sadder and funnier it gets * Observer * Work of understated power, intelligence and not a little mischief, but one that leaves one wanting - craving - more * Independent * The incomparable Mississippian Richard Ford is a great writer, no question about that. More importantly, he is a great American writer. Throughout his novels and short stories, as well as his astute critical reading of literature, he has fulfilled the main objective of art: the exploration of the self. He has also consistently chiselled away, ever closer to the heart of the United States ... He is a writer who has nailed exactly what it is to be alive - no mean feat - and to be alive in the US -- Eileen Battersby * Irish Times * His journalistic eye for the revealing detail, his knack for tracing the connections between the public and the personal, his gift for capturing the precariousness of daily life * The Times *
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