This is FRESH AIR. I’m Terry Gross. My guest, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Richard Ford, has written a memoir in which he does the eloquent version of what we all try to do, at least those of us who have grown up with our parents, to reflect on their lives, take their measure and attempt to understand how our parents shaped us and how our arrival transformed their marriage and their lives. Ford says he also wanted to reconcile his self back then when his parents were alive and his self now, decades after they’ve died.
Ford’s memoir, “Between Them,” was written in two parts. The section about his mother was written in 1986, soon after she died of metastatic breast cancer. The section about his father was written recently. He died in Richard Ford’s arms in 1960, after his second heart attack. Ford’s novels include “The Sportswriter,” “Independence Day” and “Let Me Be Frank With You.”