Title Profile & Character Information

Independence Day

Annotation
The Pulitzer-Prize Winning novel for 1996.In this visionary sequel toThe Sportswriter, Richard Ford deepens his portrait of one of the most unforgettable characters in American fiction, and in so doing gives us an indelible portrait of America.Frank Bascombe, in the aftermath of his divorce and the ruin of his career, has entered an "Existence Period," selling real estate in Haddam, New Jersey, and mastering the high-wire act of normalcy. But over one Fourth of July weekend, Frank is called into sudden, bewildering engagement with life.Independence Dayis a moving, peerlessly funny odyssey through America and through the layered consciousness of one of its most compelling literary incarnations, conducted by a novelist of astonishing empathy and perception.

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