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Publisher's Summary

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 20th 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 midcentury. 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.

©2017 Richard Ford (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Ford's remembrance of growing up in the 1950s is at times insightful, enlightening, and emotionally evocative, especially as performed by narrator Christian Baskous.... Baskous uses his dulcet voice and practiced pacing most effectively in scenes in which Ford describes living with his colorful grandfather, the manager of a bustling hotel in Little Rock, prime territory for a young storyteller in search of material." ( AudioFile)

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Lovely homage to a man’s parents and their ordinary love story. This is great to listen to, and it moved along quickly.

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Beautiful story, beautifully told

Rixhap Ford is a wonderful writer--if you have any depth, you won't be disappointed!

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Absorbing!

Richard Ford's prose is as always remarkable. In this narration, Christian Baskous inhabits Richard Ford's mind and soul. This is an extraordinary, intimate and absorbing performance.

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I wish Ford had read it himself

I'm sure the book is terrific. Ford is one of my all time favorite writers, but I can't continue listening after the first minute. The performer's whispery voice is too annoying and hard to listen to. I speak Dixie, so it's not his accent, which is pleasant. Too bad.

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