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A Multitude of Sins

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A Multitude of Sins by Richard Ford
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Feb 04, 2003 | ISBN 9780375726569

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Praise

“One of the country’s best writers. . . . No one looks harder at contemporary American life, sees more, or expresses it with such hushed, deliberate care.” –San Francisco Chronicle

“Haunting. . . . In each of these stories . . . there is something as delicate as the atmosphere in a Henry James tale. . . . There is also the spirit of something ineffable . . . a yearning for the world to be better than we expect. Chekhov and Cheever mastered such miracles from everyday dramas. Ford is among their company.” –The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Wrenching, intense, overflowing with compassion, A Multitude Of Sins leads us into the restless ambiguities of the heart.” –Dan Cryer, Newsday

"Encompass[es] the comedy and pathos and wit of our dislocated times. [and] reminds us how powerful short stories can be.” —Los Angeles Times

"Scorching. . . . These stories are wry, stark, and heartbreaking–and, with the quiet moral urgency at their core, make up Ford’s most stinging collection to date." –Elle

"Robust. . . .This is vigorous writing, unfolding with the leisurely confidence that is the practiced craftsman’s best illusion." —The Boston Globe

"Very powerful. . . . Ford has a fine sense of place, be it southern, western, or foreign." —The New York Review of Books

"Reasserts claims that in the hands of a lesser author would appear quaintly old-fashioned: that our lives have real importance, that there is such a thing as sin, that all of our actions…have consequences. It is a testament to Ford’s gifts as a writer that in A Multitude of Sins this previously well-traveled ethical terrain feels shockingly new." –The New Leader

"Elegant, pristine, precise . . . these stories are indisputable proof that Ford is a contemporary master of the short story." –Esquire

"[Ford gives] a scope to private life that puts him in company with the master realists–think of Chekhov’s short fiction or the best work of F. Scott Fitzgerald." –Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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