Title Profile & Character Information

Independence Day

Annotation
Frank Bascombe is no longer a sportswriter, yet he's still living in Haddam, New Jersey, where he now sells real estate. He's still divorced, though his ex-wife, to his dismay, has remarried and moved along with their children to Connecticut. But Frank is happy enough in his work and pursuing various civic and entrepreneurial sidelines. He has high hopes for this 4th of July weekend: a search for a house for deeply hapless clients relocating to Vermont; a rendezvous on the Jersey shore with his girlfriend; then up to Connecticut to pick up his larcenous and emotionally troubled teenage son and visit as many sports halls of fame as they can fit into two days. Frank's Independence Day, however, turns out not as he'd planned, and this decent, appealingly bewildered, profoundly observant man is wrenched, gradually and inevitably, out of his private refuge. Independence Day captures the mystery of life — in all its conflicted glory — with grand humour, intense compassion and transfixing power. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Awards
1996  PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
1995  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
1996  Pulitzer Prize

Characters
NameBascombe, Frank
GenderMale
OccupationReal estate agent
TraitsDivorced
Father
Ex-sportswriter

GenreDomestic
Fiction
Psychological
TopicsFamily relationships
Realtors
Midlife crisis
Fathers and sons
Guilt
Divorced men
Love affairs
Communication
Road trips
Suburban life
SettingSpringfield, Massachusetts
Cooperstown, New York
New Jersey
Suburb
Road trip


Series
  Frank Bascombe novels
1The Sportswriter
2Independence day
3The Lay of the land