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One of the most celebrated and unflinching chroniclers of modern life now explores, in this masterful collection of short stories, the grand theme of intimacy, love, and their failures.
With remarkable insight and candor, Richard Ford examines liaisons in and out and to the sides of marriage. An illicit visit to the Grand Canyon reveals a vastness even more profound. A couple weekending in Maine try to recapture the ardor that has disappeared from their life together. And on a spring evening, a young wife tells her husband of her affair with the host of the dinner party they’re about to join. The rigorous intensity Ford brings to these vivid, unforgettable dramas marks this as his most powerfully arresting book to date–confirming the judgment of the New York Times Book Review that “nobody now writing looks more like an American classic.”
"Very powerful.... Ford has a fine sense of place, be it southern, western, or foreign." —The New York Review of Books
“One of the country’s best writers.... No one looks harder at contemporary American life, sees more, or expresses it with such hushed, deliberate care.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Wrenching, intense, overflowing with compassion, A Multitude Of Sins leads us into the restless ambiguities of the heart.” —Dan Cryer, Newsday
"Encompass[es] the comedy and pathos and wit of our dislocated times. [and] reminds us how powerful short stories can be.” —Los Angeles Times
"Scorching.... These stories are wry, stark, and heartbreaking—and, with the quiet moral urgency at their core, make up Ford's most stinging collection to date." —Elle
"Robust.... This is vigorous writing, unfolding with the leisurely confidence that is the practiced craftsman's best illusion." —The Boston Globe