Sandy. The Jersey Shore that featured so prominently as the backdrop for all the fine fiction by Richard Ford featuring protagonist Frank Bascombe, changed dramatically thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Ford brings back Frank after the storm in a finely written new book titled, Let Me Be Frank With You. Using the structure of four connected novellas, Ford presents Frank as the familiar Everyman character from three earlier novels, and reveals his life as he looks ahead to age 70. Appearances change, especially in a place like the Jersey Shore after Sandy. What remains is Frank’s essence: that core of individuality, personality and reality that makes each of us who we are. I was delighted to see Frank Bascombe approaching seventy as the man he has always been.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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