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   Francis Phelan returned to Albany twenty two years after leaving his family to go on the run because he killed a strike breaker with a rock. All this time he has been tramping around the country, and now back home, he begins to take stock of his past life and come to terms with his family. Kennedy describes three days in his life as Francis wanders around Albany, works at odd jobs, visits with his wife and children and meets his grandson. Although they seem to be willing to take him back, his sense of honor will not allow him to stay.
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   Helen, the woman he is currently involved with is sick and he tries to help her with some money, but it is too late. Haunted by the ghosts of his past, Francis finds that changing one's life is not always possible.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   actions leading to death of someone Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Pearls of wisdom from homeless?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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