Book Title & Author:
Independence Day by Richard Ford
Why do you think the LSSU Campus should read this book? How will it build community? start conversations? encourage social engagement? empower critical thinking? Will it inspire an engaging TEDxLSSU theme?
This is the best known of the “Bascombe” novels by Ford. It won the PEN/Faulkner and Pulitzer Prize Awards and has been selected as a common read by other universities. Ford has also been a speaker at the universities that have selected it as a common read. He was here several years ago via Bayless Library and a grant and was very gracious. This may be “too heavy” for some students –Ford’s character is a modern day and more thoughtful version of Camus’ Meursault with a bit more emotion as well . Bascombe offers reflective commentary on modern day America and the core existential issues of life, while muddling though as a father, husband and realtor. Ford’s descriptions of the characters Bascombe encounters as he goes through life are very engaging and often humorous.
Description from publisher’s site:
“The Pulitzer-Prize Winning novel for 1996.In this visionary sequel to The Sportswriter, Richard Ford deepens his portrait of one of the most unforgettable characters in American fiction, and in so doing gives us an indelible portrait of America.Frank Bascombe, in the aftermath of his divorce and the ruin of his career, has entered an “Existence Period,” selling real estate in Haddam, New Jersey, and mastering the high-wire act of normalcy. But over one Fourth of July weekend, Frank is called into sudden, bewildering engagement with life.Independence Day is a moving, peerlessly funny odyssey through America and through the layered consciousness of one of its most compelling literary incarnations, conducted by a novelist of astonishing empathy and perception.”
Additional Information: This title is available in both Kindle and Audiobook format.