"The Sportswriter" is a novel by Richard Ford, first published in 1986. The novel follows the story of Frank Bascombe, a middle-aged sportswriter living in New Jersey. After the death of his son and the collapse of his marriage, Frank becomes disillusioned with his life and sets out on a journey of self-discovery. Along the way, he grapples with issues of identity, loss, and the meaning of life. The novel is known for its portrayal of the human condition and its depiction of the struggles of middle age. It is considered a classic of modern literature and has received widespread critical acclaim for its portrayal of the human experience.