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 663rd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 80th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)
  2. - 92nd on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
  3. - Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (Pulitzer Prize)
  4. - National Book Critics Circle Award - Fiction (National Book Critics Circle)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Ironweed Audio CD 2443098 $34.95 $3.37
Ironweed: A novel Paperback 1571549 $6.27 $0.01 1984
Ironweed: Tie-In Edition Mass Market Paperback 2120330 $4.75 $0.01 1988
Ironweed Paperback 2106770 $3.00 $0.01 1983
Ironweed MP3 CD 2002220 $6.66 $7.52 2016
Ironweed Kindle Edition 79460 1984
Tallo de hierro (Spanish Edition) Paperback 3088076 $9.75 $5.50 2012
By Kennedy, William ( Author ) [ { Ironweed } ]Feb-1984 Paperback Paperback 1495021 $6.99
[ Ironweed[ IRONWEED ] By Kennedy, William ( Author )Feb-07-1984 Paperback Paperback 6247433 $14.88 $2.50 1984
Ironweed: A Novel Paperback 413927 $10.00 $0.99 1984
The Making of Ironweed Paperback 5182022 $9.71 $4.49 1988
Ironweed. Hardcover 469178 $97.37 $1.76