Keith Staskiewicz
November 08, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

Let Me Be Frank With You

Current Status
In Season
Ecco Press

We gave it a B+

Like Rabbit Angstrom or Nathan Zuckerman, Ford’s Frank Bascombe is an alter ego who ages at about the same rate as his creator, an Everyman for a specific set of educated white males. In his fourth book, Let Me Be Frank With You, Frank has reached his twilight years with his trademark wit and ruminative self-awareness intact, even if his body is starting to slide into geriatric betrayal. Structured as four interconnected novellas set on the hurricane-hit Jersey Shore, Ford’s latest is once again slight on plot and heavy on internal monologue. There’s no doubt that this is the same old Frank, just with more emphasis on ”old.” B+

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