Independence Day (Ford novel)

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For the novel by Peter Darvill-Evans, see Independence Day (Doctor Who).
Independence Day
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First edition cover
Author Richard Ford
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date
June 13, 1995
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 464 pp
ISBN 0-679-49265-8
OCLC 31901250
813/.54 20
LC Class PS3556.O713 I53 1995
Preceded by The Sportswriter
Followed by The Lay of the Land

Independence Day is a 1995 novel by Richard Ford and the sequel to Ford's 1986 novel The Sportswriter.

It won the Pulitzer Prize and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 1996, the first novel ever to win both awards in a single year.

Independence Day follows Frank Bascombe, a New Jersey real estate agent, through the titular holiday weekend as he visits his ex-wife, his troubled son, his current lover, the tenants of one of his properties, and some clients of his who have been having trouble finding the perfect house. It focuses in particular on a car trip with his son to the Basketball and Baseball halls of fame. It was incredibly well-reviewed, with Michiko Kakutani writing in The New York Times that "Mr. Ford has galvanized his reputation as one of his generation's most eloquent voices." [1] Similar in theme to John Updike's Rabbit novels, Independence Day is a pastoral meditation on a man reaching middle age and assessing his place in life and the greater world.