Perspective. When a great novelist who has developed a protagonist with great depth over multiple novels turns to memoir, readers can wonder if the same depth and insight will be found in nonfiction. Richard Ford has written two memoirs about his parents, and combined them in a volume titled, Between Them: Remembering My Parents. One memoir was written decades ago; the other recently. Both offer the perspective of an only child, who observed his parents from his special place in their lives. Rather than complexity of character and depth, we see reflection and the result of observation over decades. Ford’s prose is finely written, and any reader who enjoys memoirs, or who is a fan of Ford, will find much to enjoy in this book.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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