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Ford, Richard, 1944-
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New York : AMP, [1990]

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Ford's fourth novel is set in the same Western landscape that so distinguished his acclaimed collection Rock Springs, and with it he extends his reputation as one of the most compelling and eloquent storytellers of his generation . . . providing us with both the pleasures of narrative and the sad wisdom of art.--The New York Times. Wildlife is the story of coming out into the world as it resolutely is, never the world we hope it is.

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He was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1944 & grew up there & in Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated from Michigan State University & received an M. F. A. in 1970 from the University of California at Irvine. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts & American Academy of Arts & Letters Award for Literature. He was also given the 1994 Rea Award. In 2001 he was awarded the PEN/Malamud prize. He made The New York Times Best Seller List for his title's Canada and Let Me Be Frank with You. He was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with his title, Let Me Be Frank With You.

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Booklist Review

The complexity of human nature compounded by living with other people is studied through the eyes of a 17-year-old boy caught on the brink of adulthood in the web of his parents' problems. Too young to make the necessary choices or decisions, he rides out the rough weather of his father's job loss, his parents' separation, and their subsequent reunion. A short, tense novel that offers insightful vignettes about the difficulties of growing up. --Cynthia Ogorek

Publisher's Weekly Review

Joe, now an adult, recalls confronting his parents' shortcomings at age 16 when his unemployed father took up firefighting and his mother began an affair. According to PW , Ford has a ``remarkable ability to capture distinctive voices'' and ``his short, bittersweet fourth novel . . . again proves him to be a gifted chronicler of the down-and-out.'' (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Narrated by son Joe, a teenager at the time of the events, this well-written tale takes place in 1960 Montana. Wealthy businessman Warren Miller plays golf with teaching pro Jerry Brinson at a private Great Falls country club. When Jerry loses his job at the club, Miller starts taking swimming lessons from Jerry's wife, Jeanette, at the YWCA. Jerry and Jeanette, a handsome, athletic couple in their late 30s, are both headed for midlife troubles. Seeking to prove his manhood, Jerry joins a firefighting crew battling a blaze in the nearby mountains. Left behind, Jeanette falls into bed with an eager Warren Miller. By the author of A Piece of My Heart (LJ 12/1/76), The Sportswriter , and Rock Springs, this excellent short novel, while gently and reflectively told, is ultimately a devastating account of one family's destruction. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/1/90.-- James B . Hemesath, Adams State Coll. Lib., Alamosa, Col. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.