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Women With Men by Richard Ford
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Jan 17, 2009

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Ford acknowledges his debt to Richard Yates at the beginning of this book and even without that I think I would've been struck with the parallels to "Revolutionary Road" (the only Yates I've read) in the psyche of the male character in Ford's first story. The third story almost seemed as if the characters (their thoughts, if not their actions) could be interchanged from one story to the other and not much would be different. And though each story contains a 'shocking' event and each main character is introspective (or so he thinks because the reader knows he's fooling himself at times), the middle story has a quite different feel than the other two. I enjoyed reading these 3 novellas (his writing is as good as always); but if you've never read Ford, I'd recommend his other two short story collections over this one.

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