August 1, 2007

Mini-review: "Independence Day," by Richard Ford

Independence Day, by Richard Ford
Independence Day (book; 1996)
By Richard Ford

One of the few novels out there with academic cred that I really love, Pulitzer winner Independence Day is technically a sequel to Ford's The Sportswriter, which I actually haven't read. Our hero now a Willy-Lomanesque real estate agent, the story takes place over a poignant Fourth of July weekend, as he and his son attempt to visit every sports hall of fame in their region, while fending off constant calls from ennui-riddled clients and angry ex-wives. Sad, funny, thought-provoking, it's the type of novel that deserves a hit Hollywood movie to be made from it, but probably will never happen.

Out of 10: 9.2

Filed by Jason Pettus at 5:14 PM, August 1, 2007. Filed under: Literature | Literature:Fiction | Reviews |