Richard Ford is the author of eight novels and five short story collections, many of which center on protagonist Frank Bascombe, a sportswriter with a literary background and an everyman appeal. The Sportswriter earned Ford a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction nomination, and Independence Day, the second book chronicling Bascombe's life, earned Ford a Pulitzer Prize.
Ford's writing has been praised for being sonorous and seeped in descriptions of American terrain. His latest novel, Let Me Be Frank With You, picks up Bascombe's story shortly after Hurricane Sandy devastated New Jersey and surrounding areas. It published November 4.