The Ultimate Good Luck

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In this novel of menace and eroticism, Richard Ford updates the tradition of Conrad for the age of cocaine smuggling. The setting is Oaxaca, Mexico, where Harry Quinn has come to free his girlfriend's brother, Sonny, from Jail and, ideally, to get him away form the suavely sadistic drug dealer who suspects Sonny of having cheated him.

"His prose has a taut, cinematic quality that bathes his story with the same hot, mercilessly white light that ...

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Overview

In this novel of menace and eroticism, Richard Ford updates the tradition of Conrad for the age of cocaine smuggling. The setting is Oaxaca, Mexico, where Harry Quinn has come to free his girlfriend's brother, Sonny, from Jail and, ideally, to get him away form the suavely sadistic drug dealer who suspects Sonny of having cheated him.

"His prose has a taut, cinematic quality that bathes his story with the same hot, mercilessly white light that scorches Mexico."--New York Times Book Review

Quinn is in Mexico to get his girlfriend's brother out of jail but complications develop in a landscape with a disquieting sense of menace.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394750897
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1987
  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 707,445
  • Product dimensions: 5.19 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Ford
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.

Biography

Richard Ford lived with his parents in Jackson, Mississippi, until he was eight years old, at which time his father suffered a near-fatal heart attack. After that, he shuttled back and forth between his parents' home in Jackson and Little Rock, Arkansas, where his maternal grandparents managed a hotel. Ford describes his childhood as happy and contented -- at least until he was 16, when his father died and the young man began to seriously think about his future.

Although he attended Michigan State University with the vague intention of going into hotel management, Ford soon switched over to literature. After graduation, he married his college sweetheart, Kristina Hensley, but was having trouble settling on a career direction. He applied for several jobs (including the police and the CIA!) and even started law school. It was only after none of these panned out that he begin to consider writing for a living. On the advice of a former teacher, he applied to graduate school and was accepted into the University of California at Irvine, where he came under the happy, unexpected tutelage of Oakley Hall and E. L. Doctorow.

He began work on his first novel, the story of two drifters whose lives intersect on a desolate island in the Mississippi River. An excerpt appeared in The Paris Review, and the book was accepted for publication. In 1976, A Piece of My Heart was released to good reviews, but Ford bristled at being pigeonholed by critics as a regional writer. "I'm a Southerner, God knows," Ford said in an interview with the literary journal Ploughshares, "but I always wanted my books to exist outside the limits of so-called Southern writing."

In the early '80s, Ford's wife (who holds a Ph.D. in urban planning) was teaching at NYU, and the couple was living in Princeton, New Jersey. Disillusioned with novel writing, Ford took a job with the glossy New York magazine Inside Sports, but in 1982 the magazine folded, leaving him unemployed again. Tentatively he returned to fiction with the glimmer of a story idea based loosely on his most recent experiences. Several years in the making, The Sportswriter introduced Frank Bascombe, a middle-aged writer from suburban New Jersey who forsakes his promising literary career to pen articles for a glossy New York magazine. Published in 1986, the novel was named one of Time magazine's five best books of the year and was nominated for a PEN/Faulkner Award.

Ford claims that he never intended to write a trilogy around Frank Bascombe. But, in between other literary projects (including an acclaimed 1987 short story collection, Rock Springs), he found himself inexorably drawn back into the life of his melancholic protagonist. In 1995, the superb sequel, Independence Day, won both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Then, in 2006, Ford concluded the saga with The Lay of the Land, a bittersweet set piece nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

Although Ford modestly maintained that the only reason he won the Pulitzer Prize was that Philip Roth had not written a novel that year, in fact his angst-ridden suburban Everyman Frank Bascombe ranks alongside Roth's Nathan Zuckerman (or, for that matter, John Updike's Rabbit Angstrom) as one of American literature's most unforgettable, richly drawn characters. For a man who stumbled into writing with very little forethought or design, Richard Ford has indeed come far.

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    The random case of candy piggy disease

    XD wow... Im with Hawk. XD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Hawk

    Max is still a sl.ut and Sam is still AMAZING! XD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2012

    Samanthas begining chap 1 continued a month later

    Sam drove home the windows open her hiar flying a a whirled mess. She sighed and pulled to a stop as a red sign apeared. She looked at the tatto now just a fadded blob. The green light aoeared and she sped on. Just in her own thoughs she drove for another hiur before reaching the forest at the edge of town. She drove ontl the animal road and continued her path. She kept driving but now the windows closed. Just in time cause a man dressed in a police suit stood in frong ina blocade. She didnt stop but rammed it open sending the blocade flying. Nets sprayed everywhere but she hit the gas ad sped out of there the gang bangers werent gonna trick her again. She was in the forest grounds for hours close to midnightl before springing out of the forest inti the grasslands. In teh great willowing plains she could see er masion. Far far away but still visible. She sped on happy to be home. Finally she pull to a stop right in front. She estingushed te fire and got out. She walked to the door and opened up. It was brightly lit inside. Party music boomed there was a WELCOME BACK SAMANTHA Banner waving at the front door. She went in but it was empty. She was very very cunfuzzled. Suddenly all of her friends hopped out of the stairs the sides and the closets all yelling WELCOME BACK!!!!! Sam her self screeched and ducked. But then noticed what had hapened ad got up her cheeks turning red. Everyone laughee and slapped her on the back welcomeing her to the party. She smiled hannah,josie,katie,jamie,avery,juliana, were all there... but best of all her besty tessa was there they partayed danced even the boys were there....just max wasnt... they layed spin the bottle the trashed the house they got drunk not really in tht seqence. But the music was on all night and then partyed from dusk to dawn until at 9 A.M everylne colapsed. XD

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