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Ironweed: A Novel

 
 
 
 
Ironweed: A Novel
Author: William J. Kennedy
ISBN 13: 9780140070200
ISBN 10: 140070206
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 1984-02-07
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
List Price: $17.00
 
 

Ironweed 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...