Between Them: Remembering My Parents by Richard Ford

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Read Between Them: Remembering My Parents Online Free - From American master Richard Ford, a memoir: his first work of nonfiction, a stirring narrative of memory and parental love.

How is it that we come to consider our parents as people with rich and intense lives that include but also exclude us? Richard Ford’s parents—Edna, a feisty, pretty Catholic-school girl with a difficult past; and Parker, a sweet-natured, soft-spoken traveling salesman—were rural Arkansans born at the turn of the twentieth century. Married in 1928, they lived “alone together” on the road, traveling throughout the South. Eventually they had one child, born late, in 1944.

For Ford, the questions of what his parents dreamed of, how they loved each other and loved him become a striking portrait of American life in the mid-century. Between Them is his vivid image of where his life began and where his parents’ lives found their greatest satisfaction.

Bringing his celebrated candor, wit, and intelligence to this most intimate and mysterious of landscapes—our parents’ lives—the award-winning storyteller and creator of the iconic Frank Bascombe delivers an unforgettable exploration of memory, intimacy, and love.

Title : Between Them: Remembering My Parents
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ISBN : 0062661906
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 192 pages


Rebecca rated it ★★★☆☆

March 01, 2017

(2.5) This short family memoir reminds me most of Elsewhere, Richard Russo’s memoir of his mother. Richard was the only child born to Parker and Edna Ford, 15 years after their wedding and once they were both well into their thirties – no common occurrence in the 1940s. He grew up in Jackson, Mis...

Karyl rated it ★★★★☆

May 26, 2017

One of my self-imposed chores is the family's ironing, done about once a week while standing at the ironing board in the laundry room. Too lazy to bring the board and iron out to the living room so I can watch tv, instead I have a radio tuned to Rhode Island's NPR station. It was then that I hear...

Claire rated it ★★★★☆

September 05, 2017

I really enjoy Richard Ford's writing style in his fiction, and this was carried over into this short memoir of both his parents. I really enjoyed it, but it was an unusual book. The first half is a memoir of his father, who died when Ford was 16, and the second half a memoir of his mother who li...

Arhondi rated it ★★★★☆

June 29, 2017

Mr Ford has the rare gift of talking about the most difficult and important things in the most simple way, which hits the nail on the head, every time. This memoir of his parents is loving and moving, a contemplation on lives lived and loved, on mortality and togetherness. He is clear sighted towa...

Laura rated it ★★☆☆☆

May 08, 2017

From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week: Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Ford tells us the stories of his parents, taken from a newly published memoir. After his parents married they took to the road. Father worked at the Faultless Company, which took them to "Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, and a...

Patty rated it ★★★★★

April 24, 2017

Richard Ford is one of America's great writers. He has a way of answering the question "what is the meaning of life?" in the most direct way possible--by writing about living. "Between Them" is two separate memoirs, one of his mother and one of his father, written 30 years apart. In the memoirs,...

Dorothy rated it ★★★★★

May 19, 2017

I don't usually read memoirs. Perhaps I have an unreasoning prejudice against them born of some reading experience in my distant past, but, generally, I just don't enjoy them. But I will always make an exception for Richard Ford. Ford has written this short (less than 200 pages) memoir of his pare...

Tina rated it ★★★★★

April 30, 2017

I simply adore Richard Ford! There's a reason why he is one of the greatest contemporary American writers. His skills to portray the everyday life is remarkable and there is so much truth in his words. Now he gives us the story of his parents - separately, together, with him, the child between th...

Krista rated it ★★★☆☆

May 29, 2017

Between Them, this book's title, is meant, in part, to suggest that by being born I literally came between my parents, a virtual place where I was sheltered and adored as long as they were alive. But it is also meant, in part, to portray their ineradicable singleness – both in marriage, and in th...

Riva rated it ★★★☆☆

July 03, 2017

A thought-provoking memoir by an exquisite writer. Richard Ford explores the lives of his parents before he knew them. He makes sense of them as real people; he acknowledges their shortcomings and accepts their imperfections. More important, he accepts the reality of the imperfect life. He writes...

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