About this title: Former ballplayer, part-time grave digger, full-time drunk Francis Phelan has hit bottom. Years ago he left Albany in a hurry after killing a scab during a trolley workers' strike; he ran away again after accidentally, and fatally, dropping his infant son. Now, in 1938, Francis is back in town, roaming the old familiar streets, trying to make peace with the ghosts of the past and present. Abridged.
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