Ironweed by William Kennedy
Ironweed is set during the Great Depression and tells the story of Francis Phelan, an alcoholic vagrant originally from Albany, New York, who left his family after accidentally killing his infant son while he may have been drunk. The novel focuses on Francis's return to Albany, and the narrative is complicated by Phelan's hallucinations of the three people, other than his son, whom he killed in the past. The novel features characters that return in some of Kennedy's other books.
The 775th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 80th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)
- - 92nd on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
- - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)
- - National Book Critics Circle Award - Fiction (National Book Critics Circle)