Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford (HarperCollins, 2014)
Hot off the New Books shelf by the author of the 2012 bestseller Canada, this is a novel about a newly retired man living in New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. As you might guess, the main character’s name is Frank. In this book he is indeed himself, whether anyone wants him to be or not. Mostly he is not so bad, though a bit burned out by the sorrows of life. In fact he has a surprising amount of optimism. Nothing really happens in this book except everyday life and Frank’s keen observations of it. It is almost more a painting than a story.