by Richard Ford


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"Full of prose that makes the reader shiver, Wildlife is a rich and readable story...It leaves a sense of hope, a conviction that life is worth living."— Chicago Sun-Times

When Joe Brinson was sixteen, his father moved the family to Great Falls, Montana, the setting for this harrowing, transfixing novel by the acclaimed author of Rock Springs. Filled with an abiding sense of love and family, and of the forces that test them to the breaking point, Wildlife —first published by Atlantic Monthly Press in 1990 and now reissued as a Grove Press paperback—is a book whose spare poetry and expansive vision established it as an American classic.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802144591
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/26/2010
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 235,042
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

RICHARD FORD is the author of six novels and three collections of stories. He 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.

Date of Birth:

February 16, 1944

Place of Birth:

Jackson, Mississippi


B.A., Michigan State University, 1966; M.F.A., University of California, Irvine, 1970

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Wildlife 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A simple story told well, of heartache, confusion, and patient love. Of the messes we often times find ourselves in and somehow blunder through quietly.
davidabrams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Montana is truly Big Sky Country. With its globe-spanning horizons and skyscraper cloud formations, the state has attracted its share of writers who try to capture its peak-and-plain landscape and salt-of-the-earth citizens. Ivan Doig, Rick Bass, William Kittredge and Thomas McGuane are just a few of the best contemporary Montana authors.But perched at the top of my list is Richard Ford. His short story collection Rock Springs was not just great literature, it was also "great Montana." Ford, who admits in interviews that he¿s had more forwarding addresses than a rent-dodger, divides his time between homes in Montana, Louisiana and Mississippi. But it¿s the Big Sky Country and its people that have really stuck with him. His best writing takes place in the Hi-Line railroad yards, the Great Falls bars and the battered trailer parks. Ford has been raised on the shoulders of the literary community and cheered for his novels The Sportswriter and Independence Day. While I thought they were good works, I didn¿t think they were great.When Ford turns his pen to Montana, however, he is beyond great. Nowhere is that more evident than in the slim but powerful novel Wildlife, published in 1990.Set in the autumn of 1960, Wildlife is narrated by 16-year-old Joe Brinson who confronts his parents' frailties when his father loses his job and takes off to fight forest fires near the Canadian border. His mother, meanwhile, begins an affair with an older man. This not-so-simple love triangle plays out against a background of impending forest fires and brewing human jealousy. It¿s all filtered through Joe¿s perspective from that netherworld of neither child nor adult. The narrative beautifully captures the melancholy and pain of the spectacles he observes¿grown-ups who behave like children and children who are forced to act like adults.There is not a single false note in Wildlife. Character, plot and dialogue converge into the finest example of Ford¿s writing to date. This is one of the few novels (John Irving¿s A Prayer for Owen Meany is another) that I wanted to re-read the minute I finished it.Ford knows how to condense whole books of emotion and thought into the smallest of spaces. Here, for instance, is the very first paragraph of Wildlife:"In the fall of 1960, when I was sixteen and my father was for a time not working, my mother met a man named Warren Miller and fell in love with him. This was in Great Falls, Montana, at the time of the Gypsy Basin oil boom, and my father had brought us there in the spring of that year from Lewiston, Idaho, in the belief that people¿small people like him¿were making money in Montana or soon would be, and he wanted a piece of that good luck before all of it collapsed and was gone in the wind."Ford¿s stories are filled with "small people" chasing after "pieces of luck" and it¿s that very quality of his writing that draws me to him, time after time. I know these luck-seeking characters because I¿m one of them. Like his good friend Raymond Carver, Ford writes gripping, truthful stories of the Everyman in America. He¿s at his best, however, when he¿s inside the borders of Montana.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is up with all the clan cat stuff guys? I mean, im a. highschool girl and I get why some people enjoy the books, but this LARP stuff is a little weird. I would like a review, not the latest fantasy cat gossip. Has anyone actually read the book? Any input would be appreciated! :) Thnx, -Autumn
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems like this clan will die out. Not very many warriors are there. I am FrostBite, A to of the Dark Forest. "Snow starts falling as the tom pads out of the shadows. His pure white pelt seems to draw in every snowflake around him, making his pelt whiter. His silver eyes have malice and hatred reflected in them. Wings of black blood burst from his back. Ten foot claws shine in the light of the claw-moon." And when this clan does die out, we Dark Forest cats will claim this territory. And theres nothing you can do to stop it. And without your precious medicine cat BlizzardHeart who has the power to bring cats back from StarClan, your clanmates will die of the wounds that only she can heal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are u a shecat?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oo boy new kits!!(or soon to be)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MidnightWhisper: Here she is. "she-cat pads out of the shadows, with BlizzardHeart in front of her, her ten foot claws leaving trails of blood dripping from BlizzardHeart's throat." BlizzardHeart: Please! Help me! MidnightWhisper: Be quiet! "she runs her claws across BlizzardHeart's neck, causing more blood to flow"