The latest novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford is "Canada," narrated by a retired teacher whose parents robbed a bank to get out of a financial bind.
From Ford's website:
In 1956, Dell Parsons' family came to a stop in Great Falls, Montana, the way many military families did after the war. His father, Bev, was a talkative airman from Alabama with an optimistic and easy-scheming nature. Their mother Neeva - shy, artistic - was alienated from their father's small-town world. It was more bad instincts and bad luck that Dell's parents decided to rob the bank. They weren't reckless people.
In the days following the arrest, Dell is saved before the authorities think to arrive. Driving across Montana, his life hurtles towards the unknown; a hotel in a deserted town, the violent and enigmatic Arthur Remlinger, and towards Canada itself. But, as Dell discovers, in this new world of secrets and upheaval, he is not the only one whose past lies on the other side of a border.
"Ford never intended to be a writer, yet he is considered one of the great American novelists," writes Ariel Leve in the Financial Times. "Comparisons have been drawn to John Updike, Walker Percy, William Faulkner and Raymond Carver, who became Ford's close friend."
LEARN MORE ABOUT RICHARD FORD:
Richard Ford is a man who actually listens (New York Times)
Interview: Richard Ford (FT.com)
Richard Ford, the art of fiction (Paris Review)