"First I'll tell you about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later. The robbery is the more important part, since it served to set my and my sister's lives on the courses they eventually followed."
With those opening sentences to his new novel Canada, Richard Ford introduces us to the world of 15-year-old Del Parsons, who in the wake of his parents' imprisonment flees from his Montana upbringing to a new life on the Saskatchewan prairie. There he finds refuge of a chilly sort with Arthur Remlinger, an enigmatic and alluring American fugitive with a dark and violent past.
Ford reads from Canada and discusses his work with UMKC Writer in Residence Whitney Terrell on Thursday, March 7, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Raves the Wall Street Journal: "Robust and powerful ... Ford is able to tap into something momentous and elemental about the profound moral chaos behind the actions of seemingly responsible people ... Ford has dramatized the frightening discovery of the world's anarchic heart."
And the Austin American-Statesman calls Canada a "deeply felt and magnificently imagined work ... Ford has given us his deepest exploration yet of weakness and betrayal set amid a boy's coming of age. It is a memorable novel, suffused with love, sorrow and regret."
Ford is the author of the Bascombe novels, which include The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day - the first novel to win both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award - and The Lay of the Land.
The Writers at Work series is co-sponsored by the Writers at Work Roundtable and the UMKC English Department and organized by Terrell.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.