Richard Ford's parents were not practised self-explainers or confiders. He has therefore investigated their lives - and his - from anecdote, history and conjecture. Ford's mother, a dark-eyed Arkansas beauty whose education was cut short by her colourful itinerant parents, fell in love with Ford's first-generation Irish father at only 17. They took to the road together as kids across the American South, coming to a halt only when a son was born. Written with precision, power, humanity and intelligence, Between Them is both a son's act of great love and a searing meditation on family.'Ford is possessed of a writer's greatest gifts ... Pure vocal grace, quiet humour, precise and calm observation' Lorrie Moore'A marvellous writer' John Banville
Richard Ford was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1944. He has published eight novels and four collections of stories, including The Sportswriter, Independence Day, The Lay of the Land and, most recently, the New York Times bestseller, Canada. His novel, Independence Day, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first time the same book had won both prizes. Let Me Be Frank with You was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize 2015. Richard Ford lives in Maine with his wife.