BE­TWEEN THEM

RICHARD FORD (BLOOMS­BURY, $22.99)

North & South - - Review -

Be­tween Them is a mem­oir of two halves, the first be­ing a re­mem­brance of renowned au­thor Richard Ford’s par­ents in the Amer­i­can Deep South. What we learn from this el­e­gant writer is that his fa­ther, Parker, was a trav­el­ling sales­man and mother Edna, young and vi­va­cious, rode shot­gun on those end­less miles, pulling into cheap mo­tels at the end of day. They were al­ways on the move – lov­ing it all – even though it was the De­pres­sion and life was tough. “In the 30s,” writes Ford, “after they were mar­ried, they lived sim­ply and only for each other and for the day.” Part two, writ­ten 30 years later, is ded­i­cated to Edna with­out grudge or grind­ing axe, just great af­fec­tion and ten­der­ness to a mother from a son. JU­DITH BARAGWANATH

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