I have not heard her voice in a long, long time

Thomas Powers

  • Between Them by Richard Ford
    Bloomsbury, 175 pp, £12.99, May 2017, ISBN 978 0 06 266188 3

‘Who are you?’ is the question that devils every son and daughter. Other people can seem of a piece observed from across the room or across a table or on the next pillow but clarity disappears when you look inward. The chaos within is one of the major themes in the fiction of Richard Ford. What engages him is the churning of the conscious self, as changeable as the weather on an iffy day. What kind of a day is such a day? Soft or threatening? What kind of people were Ford’s mother and father, whose inner lives might offer strong clues to the meaning of the author’s own?

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