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Ironweed : a novel

Author: William Kennedy
Publisher: Middlesex, England ; New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1984, ©1983.
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This tale, set during the Depression, tells about Francis Phelan and other inhabitants of skid row in Albany, New York. 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kennedy, William, 1928-
Ironweed.
Middlesex, England ; New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 1984, c1983
(OCoLC)607093551
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Kennedy
ISBN: 0140070206 9780140070200 0613052412 9780613052412
OCLC Number: 9830802
Description: 227 p. ; 20 cm.
Responsibility: William Kennedy.

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This tale, set during the Depression, tells about Francis Phelan and other inhabitants of skid row in Albany, New York. 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. Chronicles the final wanderings of a one-time ballplayer turned down-and-out murderer.

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