Ironweed

Ironweed Cover

Ironweed

By William Kennedy

Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780140070200, 227pp.

Publication Date: February 7, 1984

Description
Winner of The Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
In this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the third in Kennedy's Albany cycle, Francis Phelan, ex-ballplayer, part-time gravedigger, and full-time bum with the gift of gab, has hit bottom. Years earlier he d left Albany after he dropped his infant son accidentally, and the boy died. 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 present.


About the Author
William Kennedy was born and raised in Albany, New York. He began his writing career as a journalist, and his novels have been translated into two dozen languages. His novel "Ironweed" won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.


Praise For Ironweed

"A powerfully affecting work, abounding in humor and heartbreak."Chicago Tribune Bookworld

"A remarkable and most original novel."Alison Lurie