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Francis Phelan, ex-big-leaguer, part-time gravedigger, full-time bum with the gift of gab, is back in town. He left Albany twenty-two years earlier after he dropped his infant son accidentally, and the boy died. Now he's on the way back to the wife and home he abandoned, haunted at every corner by the ghosts of his violent life. Francis; his wino ladyfriend of nine years, Helen; and his stumblebum pal, Rudy, shuffle their ragtag way through the city's bleakest streets, surviving on gumption, muscatel, and black wit. Destiny is not their business. Hide synopsis

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by Pjlane on Nov 21, 2010

it is simply about forgiveness and the frailness of us all . how we are all not so far from was Francis has experienced and god love her the wife who after what the whole family has gone thru and she still forgives him and has a place in her heart and home for him



by TrinaB on Aug 6, 2009

I didn't think it was as good as the other fiction Pulitzer Prize winners.

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