The Sportswriter by Richard Ford

SportswriterPublished: 1986

Genre: fiction

Length: 375 pages

Setting: New Jersey, 1980s

Interest: It was a Time top 100 book

Summary: Frank Boscombe is a divorced sportswriter. He gets on Fairly well with his ex-wife and kids. He’s got a new girlfriend, Vicki. They go to Detroit for a potential story, and end up with a disastrous Easter dinner with Vicki’s family, ending the relationship. One of Frank’s acquaintances unexpectedly commits suicide and Frank decides to make some changes in his life.

Final thoughts: It’s your typical literary fiction book, by which I mean not much happens and you like the book because you appreciate the prose. As it happens, I thought it was a fine book, but nothing special. Apparently, it’s the first book in a series about Boscombe, but I didn’t enjoy it enough to seek out the others.

Title comes from: The main character was a sportswriter.

Reading challenges fulfilled: None, since this is a review of a book read in a previous year.


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