LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2017.From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sportswriter comes a deeply personal account of his parents – an intimate portrait of American mid-twentieth century life, and a celebration of family love.Richard Ford's parents volunteered little about their early lives – and he rarely asked
Edna Akin, a dark-eyed Arkansas beauty whose convent education was cut short by her itinerant parents, fell in love aged only seventeen
Later, he pieced their stories together from anecdote, history and the occasional photograph, frozen moments linking him to another time
Parker Ford was a tall country boy with a warm, hesitant smile, who was working at a grocery in Hot Springs
The 1930s were like one long weekend, a swirl of miles traversed, cocktails drunk and hotel rooms vacated New Orleans, Memphis, Texarkana
Then a single, late child...
They married and began a life on the road in the American South, as Parker followed his travelling salesman's job