Joe's Reviews > Ironweed
Aug 05, 2007
Francis Phelan, a bum day laboring in an Albany cemetery, inadvertently stumbles upon his baby son's grave. The same son who slipped through Francis' fingers years ago. Six feet below, the child stirs and decides that Francis' path to redemption and self forgiveness is about to begin. This begins the brilliantly written tale of Francis and his hobo girlfriend Helen. They spend most of their time trying to find shelter, money, and drink. But Francis' past is always calling. Evocative imagery, poetic language, and a charming main character are the highlights of this Pulitzer winner. Certain elements of the story, particularly the wrap up, are a little pat but it is still a must read.
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August 5, 2007 – Shelved