Book review: Between Them: Remembering My Parents

Available now Richard Ford, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Independence Day, explores non-fiction for the first time with a biography of his parents.

Richard Ford

Bloomsbury, £12.99 HB; ebook, £7.19

Fans of his work featuring Frank Bascombe, and his epic Canada, will realise how parents — or lack of them — play a large part in his work.

But this slim volume isn’t an in-depth look at their personalities. It’s his reflections on what he knew of them.

The subtitle — Remembering my parents — sums things up.

It’s not about exploring or analysing them, just how children remember them, however imperfectly.

As Ford’s not a parent, it’s like he’s calling out for someone to remember him the same way.

For fans it’s an essential work, giving texture to his fiction.

For those new to his work, it could be an infuriating read.


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