A Piece of My Heart

A Piece of My Heart

by Richard Ford
     
 

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Ford's mesmerizing first novel is the story of two godless pilgrims. Robard Hewes has driven across the country in the service of a destructive passion. Sam Newell is seeking the missing piece of himself. When these men converge, on an uncharted island in the Mississippi, each discovers the thing he's looking for—amid a conflagration of violence that's as

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Ford's mesmerizing first novel is the story of two godless pilgrims. Robard Hewes has driven across the country in the service of a destructive passion. Sam Newell is seeking the missing piece of himself. When these men converge, on an uncharted island in the Mississippi, each discovers the thing he's looking for—amid a conflagration of violence that's as shocking as it is inevitable.

"This is one of those books that hit you hard...a story filled with breathing characters and genius-crafted dialogue between moments of consummate description.... I can't be unbiased. I'm mad for this book."—Elizabeth Ashton, Houston Chronicle

Editorial Reviews

Walter Clemons
It's power is mysterious and unmistakable…extraordinary.
Newsweek
Elizabeth Ashton
This is one of those books that hit you hard…a story filled with breathing characters and genius—crafted dialogue between moments of consummate description….I can't be unbiased. I'm mad for this book.
Houston Chronicle
Raymond Carver
Ford is a masterful writer.
Chicago Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394729145
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/01/1985
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries Series
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,197,528
Product dimensions:
5.17(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author

The author of five novels and two collections of stories, Richard Ford was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Independence Day, the first book to win both prizes. In 2001 he received the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short fiction.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 16, 1944
Place of Birth:
Jackson, Mississippi
Education:
B.A., Michigan State University, 1966; M.F.A., University of California, Irvine, 1970

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