Frank talk: Novelist Richard Ford brings back his most enduring character

November 26, 2014 1:05 PM

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Does the laconic and introspective Frank Bascombe have anything more to say? Is there any juice left in the character who has served as the alter ego for author Richard Ford in three novels - or are creator (age 70) and creation (age 68) spent?

Ford had suggested in news articles that he was finished with Frank after the real estate agent from New Jersey took a couple of lead slugs to the chest in "The Lay of the Land." Yet Ford is out hawking "Let Me Be Frank with You," his fourth Bascombe book.

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