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Penguin Books, 1984 - Fiction - 227 pages
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In 1938, Francis Phelan, a murderer, is reduced to flop houses and hobo jungles and returns to a depressed Albany, where--as a gravedigger--he shuffles his rag tag way to survival

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Review: Ironweed (The Albany Cycle #3)

User Review  - Steven - Goodreads

This is John Steinbeck... but then it's not. The material, the times, the focus on the lower classes in the 1930s, day laborers, struggles just to find that next meal or that next job. But Steinbeck's ... Read full review

Review: Ironweed (The Albany Cycle #3)

User Review  - Allan - Goodreads

This book is the Pulitzer winning, second novel in William Kennedy's 'Albany Cycle', a series I was introduced to after a recommendation by one of my favourite authors, Willy Vlautin. While reading ... Read full review


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William Kennedy worked as a journalist on newspapers and magazines before he began a career as a novelist. Kennedy's novels, which are all centered around his home city of Albany, New York, include The Ink Truck, Legs, Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, Quinn's Book, Very Old Bones, and The Flaming Corsage. Kennedy's celebrated 1983 novel, Ironweed, has won great acclaim over the years, and has earned a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and a PEN-Faulkner Award. In addition to writing novels, Kennedy co-authored the screenplay for The Cotton Club with Francis Coppola in 1984 and wrote the screenplay for Ironweed in 1987. Kennedy and his son, Brendan, co-authored two children's books, Charlie Malarkey and the Belly Button Machine and Charlie Malarkey and the Singing Moose. William Kennedy is the founder and director of the New York State Writers Institute, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a onetime editor of the San Juan Star and a former writing teacher at Cornell University. He is now a professor in the English department of the University at Albany.

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