The Lay of the Land (Signed copy)
Signed and dated by Richard Ford, an advance reader's edition
Uncorrected Proof / Advanced Reader's Edition, paperback. 23.5 × 15.5cm, 479pp.
Signed and dated directly to the title page by Richard Ford (September 2006).
It is fall, 2000 and Frank Bascombe has arrived at a state of optimistic pragmatism that he calls the Permanent Period of life. Epic mistakes have already been made, dreams downsized, and Frank reflects that now at least there are fewer opportunities left in life to get things wrong. But the tranquillity he anticipated is not to be. In fact, as Thanksgiving dinner with his children and first wife nears, the Permanent Period proves as full of possibility as life had ever been. In his third Frank Bascombe novel, Richard Ford contemplates the human character with wry precision. Graceful, expansive, filled with pathos but irresistibly funny, "The Lay of the Land" is a modern American masterpiece.
This copy was signed in September 2006, the official publication date was October 2006.
The book is in very good condition, with some light creasing to the cover's corners and some light spotted foxing to the pages' top edge.