When Patience Pays Off: A Profile of Ben Fountain

When Patience Pays Off: A Profile of Ben Fountain

by Kevin Nance

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Posted 4.12.12

Kevin Nance
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I’ve gotten more and more comfortable with stepping off the cliff and not knowing whether the parachute’s going to open or not—trusting that the story will reveal itself as you’re writing it. It’s almost like your mind is working a little bit ahead of you.

What Ben Fountain’s literary output lacks in quantity it more than makes up for in quality, as the fifty-three-year-old author’s masterly debut novel, published in May 2012 by Ecco, makes abundantly clear.