Between Them by Richard Ford audiobook

Between Them: Remembering My Parents

By Richard Ford
Read by Christian Baskous

HarperAudio 9780062661883
3.61 Hours 1
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From American master Richard Ford, a memoir: his first work of nonfiction, a stirring narrative of memory and parental love How is it that we come to consider our parents as people with rich and intense lives that include but also exclude us? Richard Ford’s parents—Edna, a feisty, pretty Catholic-school girl with a difficult past; and Parker, a sweet-natured, soft-spoken traveling salesman—were rural Arkansans born at the turn of the twentieth century. Married in 1928, they lived “alone together” on the road, traveling throughout the South. Eventually they had one child, born late, in 1944. For Ford, the questions of what his parents dreamed of, how they loved each other and loved him become a striking portrait of American life in the mid-century. Between Them is his vivid image of where his life began and where his parents’ lives found their greatest satisfaction. Bringing his celebrated candor, wit, and intelligence to this most intimate and mysterious of landscapes—our parents’ lives—the award-winning storyteller and creator of the iconic Frank Bascombe delivers an unforgettable exploration of memory, intimacy, and love.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for May 2017

From American master Richard Ford, a memoir: his first work of nonfiction, a stirring narrative of memory and parental love

How is it that we come to consider our parents as people with rich and intense lives that include but also exclude us? Richard Ford’s parents—Edna, a feisty, pretty Catholic-school girl with a difficult past; and Parker, a sweet-natured, soft-spoken traveling salesman—were rural Arkansans born at the turn of the twentieth century. Married in 1928, they lived “alone together” on the road, traveling throughout the South. Eventually they had one child, born late, in 1944.

For Ford, the questions of what his parents dreamed of, how they loved each other and loved him become a striking portrait of American life in the mid-century. Between Them is his vivid image of where his life began and where his parents’ lives found their greatest satisfaction.

Bringing his celebrated candor, wit, and intelligence to this most intimate and mysterious of landscapes—our parents’ lives—the award-winning storyteller and creator of the iconic Frank Bascombe delivers an unforgettable exploration of memory, intimacy, and love.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Insightful, enlightening, and emotionally evocative, especially as performed by narrator Christian Baskous…Baskous uses his dulcet voice and practiced pacing most effectively in scenes in which Ford describes living with his colorful grandfather…Fans of [Ford’s] iconic character Frank Bascombe may find real-life connections between the character and the artist in this examination of recollection, intimacy, and love. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“In this beautiful and tender memoir, Ford seems to see all of the important details. He makes his readers grateful that he shared them.” Portland Press Herald (Maine)
“Every page of this little remembrance teems with Ford’s luxuriant prose, his moving and tender longing for his parents, and his affecting and intimate portrait.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Bright with wit, edgy with candor, and lustrous with extraordinary poignancy and love.” Booklist (starred review)
“A subtle, careful testament to devotion and a son’s love for his parents.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Ford turns to nonfiction but remains in storytelling mode as he recalls his freewheeling parents.” Library Journal
“A masterful distillation of sensuous description, psychological intricacy, social insights, and a keen sense of place. Ford’s reflections are bright with wit, edgy with candor, and lustrous with extraordinary poignancy and love.” BookPage

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Author Bio: Richard Ford

Author Bio: Richard Ford

Richard Ford is the multiaward–winning author of short stories and numerous books, including Independence Day, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Both Canada and Let Me Be Frank with You made the New York Times bestsellers list.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 3.61
Audience: Adult
Language: English