Between Them

Between Them

Remembering My Parents

Large Print - 2017
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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.

Publisher: [United States] : HarperCollins Publishers, 2017
ISBN: 9780062670342
Branch Call Number: LP 813.54 FOR 2017
Characteristics: 177 pages


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Dec 12, 2017

interesting enough to keep you reading, but fairly maudlin, melancholy. Also a tendency to be philosophical and 'deep' without actually making much sense.

Jul 15, 2017

I like Ford's writing style a lot and liked how he split the this book into two halves. The first centered on his relationship with his father while the latter gave added insight into his relationship with his aging mother.

smc01 Jun 10, 2017

This short little book is lovely. I heard a CBC Radio interview with Richard Ford, and knew I had to read the book. He spoke so eloquently and lovingly about his parents, about how their lives were not exceptional but their story deserved to be told. I believe in stories; they are what we leave behind, and everyone's life story is important. This memoir in two sections - one about Ford's mom and the other about his dad, powerfully teaches us that our lives matter, and that love matters. "The fact that lives and deaths often go unnoticed has specifically inspired this small book about my parents and set its tasks. Our parents' lives, even those enfolded in obscurity, offer us our first, strong assurance that human events have consequence."

May 29, 2017

Such a lovely book.
When interviewed, Ford said he wrote it to draw his parents nearer to him.
There is nothing extraordinary about his parents lives,except their love for each other.
As an early observer , ( and nascent writer) Ford felt like the proverbial " third" in the relationship.
At 16 he watched his father die, without warning.And as an adult -mourns never to know his father adult to adult.
When his mother's health fails ( living outside the 'prism of death') he says something he will regret and regret. Nothing horrible; in fact hopeful . But the moment of connection was lost.
This is a quiet , mindful book about how small and large moments of our lives simultaneously leave and stay with us.

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