A Multitude of Sins

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There is a Multitude of Sins in the latest collection of short stories by Richard Ford. They’re the sins that break us, that push us to despair in the lost and confused moments of failing relationships. And although Ford writes about murder and adultery and greed, these aren’t the sins that he looks to enumerate.

He explores instead the seemingly insignificant, the sins of forgetfulness, of selfishness and carelessness. Transgression is more often for him a momentary misplaced hope for something better, or at least different; an instant of misunderstanding that leads his characters to the Maine coast, to seedy desert hotels, and upscale New Orleans apartments, only to end up in the same sad “rag and bone shop of the heart.”


Richard Ford, author of “A Multitude of Sins”