I saw this community and since I'm on a fiction kick right now I figured this would be a good thing for me to join. This review is also posted in bookish
A friend recomended this book to me and I'm very glad she did. "Independence Day" is a sequel to "The Sportswriter", which is now on my list of books to read. This book is a first person narrative written from the point of view of Frank Bascome, a realtor in Jersey. Frank opens up his entire brain, the way he thinks, his digressions, his fears and shortcomings, his hopes, everything, in a way that I'm not quite ceratin that I have ever read before. The character is so thoroughly designed, so complete, so well thought out that I have to believe that he's based very stongly on the author. I enjoyed Frank Bascome and his mind, maybe even more then I enjoyed the plot. The book picks up a few days before the Fourth of July as a wide swath of things are all happening in Franks universe. His lady friend and he are trying to figure out what their relationship is about, he is trying to sell a house to a couple of Vermonters who think that moving to New Jersey is a good way to start over (can you tell there is something wrong with them, and he is still coming to terms with dealing with his ex-wife's re-marrying. Most important to Frank though, at least in my read, is a brief trip he is taking with his fourteen year old son (who lives in Connecticut with his mom) to the basketball and baseball halls of fame. During this trip Frank intends to help guide his son through what appears to be on its way to a dificult adolescence. The conflicts, although they seem tired and run of the mill are beautifully teased out. The writer worked each conflict just long enough to for me to get comfortable and then moved on to a different one, kinda like life, except I could put it down if I wanted to rest. The sentences in this book are a great mixture of light, heavy, beautiful, funny, wry, and epic. I rarely felt outdone by chapters end, but often felt worn down. This book was a joy to read. Two word that I learned while reading it were Johdspurs and Stertorous, both good words.