A Multitude of Sins

A Multitude of Sins


Book - 2003
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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."
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2003, c2001
Edition: 1st Vintage Contemporaries ed
ISBN: 9780375726569
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 21 cm


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Nov 25, 2015

This book is a great study of interpersonal relationships, the intimate sort. Ford, a master as far as I am concerned, focuses on the shortcomings of long term relationships, the foibles of desire, our inability to be or remain satisfied with those we love. And how we stumble toward calamity and unsatisfying relations to remedy what we perceive as lacking. Yet something is always out of our reach, not what we dreamed up.
This collection of stories should be taught in a class soon after a marriage license has been obtained.


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