Books: Trials of A Transient Household WILDLIFE by Richard Ford

Atlantic Monthly Press; 177 pages; $18.95

WILDLIFE by Richard Ford; Atlantic Monthly Press; 177 pages; $18.95

Richard Ford's growing number of admirers may be puzzled at first by a sense of deja vu when they begin his new novel. Haven't we met people like this, in a similar landscape, somewhere before? Of course. In mood and subject matter, Wildlife seems to be a natural extension of Ford's highly praised collection of short stories, Rock Springs (1987); in fact, one of those stories, Great Falls, foreshadows the central plot of Wildlife. But to point out such similarities is not to suggest that the author is repeating himself. He...

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