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Ironweed

William Kennedy - Author

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ISBN 9780140070200 | 240 pages | 07 Feb 1984 | Penguin | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
Awards
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
    National Book Critics Circle Award
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Ironweed, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is the best-known of William Kennedy's three Albany-based novels. Francis Phelan, ex-ballplayer, part-time gravedigger, full-time drunk, has hit bottom. Years ago he left Albany in a hurry after killing a scab during a trolley workers' strike; he ran away again after accidentally—and fatally—dropping his infant son. Now, in 1938, Francis is back in town, roaming the old familiar streets with his hobo pal, Helen, trying to make peace with the ghosts of the past and the present...
"A powerfully affecting work, abounding in humor and heartbreak."Chicago Tribune Bookworld

"A remarkable and most original novel."Alison Lurie


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