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The author of five novels and two collections of stories, Richard Ford was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Independence Day, the first book to win both prizes. In 2001 he received the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short fiction.
"An extraordinary epic.... nothing less than the story of the twentieth century itself." -- The Times "Frank Bascombe has earned a place beside Willy Loman and Harry Angstrom in our literary landscape...with a wry wit and a fin de siï¿½cle wisdom that is very much his own." -- The New York Times Book Review "Each flash of magical dialogue, every rumination a wild surprise.... Independence Day is a confirmation of a talent as strong and varied as American fiction has to offer." -- The New York Review of Books "A Babe Ruth of novelists.... One of the finest curators of the great American living museum." -- Washington Post Book World "One of his generation's most eloquent voices." -- Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times