A novel by the author of The New York Times Notable Book, Tales from the Irish Club
It is June 1968: Robert Kennedy has just been murdered, the streets are simmering with discontent, and the Irish community of Oakland Park in Pittsburgh is being swept away by change. Daly Racklin becomes the reluctant leader of a dying neighborhood, culture, and people. He is at once a man torn by his father's omnipotent shadow and the struggles of his own heart, and as his elevated position brings him from one home to another he increasingly discovers the importance of what he sees disappearing. Bing Crosby's Last Song is a hilarious, touching, heartwrenching story of survival and love, a community's demise and a wanderer's rebirth. Full of barroom lore, hard-bitten wisdom, wry humor, and faith tempered by skepticism, this novel will delight readers of William Kennedy and Frank McCourt.
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Lester Goran is the author of seven books of fiction, two story collections, and a memoir detailing his friendship with Isaac Bashevis Singer. He grew up in Pittsburgh and is currently a professor of English at the University of Miami.
``It's a heavy millstone,'' the protagonist of this sad, salty novel reflects, ``to be the son of a good father.'' Daly Racklin, a genial, shrewd, hard-drinking lawyer and a minor celebrity in Pittsburgh's Irish community, has just been told, as the story opens, that he has only a few months to live. This sudden onrush of mortality makes him reflect ruefully on the ways in which he has seemingly never measured up to his father, Boyce ``Right'' Racklin, a legendary battler for the rights of the underdog. Tales about Right Racklin still circulate freely about the bars and church halls of Oakland Park. In truth, though, the long-suffering Daly has labored hard to be his father's son; even after he's been told his heart will soon give out, he takes on the defense of a hapless young man found inconveniently near the body of a murder victim. He does what he can for the wonderfully delineated collection of eccentrics who have come to depend on him. And, in a last desperate effort to express some hope in life's continuity, he even contemplates marrying his kind, quiet lover, Jessie. Much of the novel, which shuttles restlessly around the shrinking precincts of the Irish community, is taken up with tales of a livelier, more profane past, narrated in a diction both frank and lyrical, and leavened with an unblinking, dark-tinged humor. Like Goran's two story collections set in Oakland Park (She Loved Me Once, 1997; Tales from the Irish Club, 1996), this exhibits a melancholy sense of endings. Daly, as he contemplates his own likely end, also reflects on his sense that the insulated, vibrant Irish milieu in which he was raised is gradually disappearing, its tales and memories along with it. Against the odds, Daly manages to win several modest, poignant victories - and even come to terms with his father's complicated legacy. An appropriately bittersweet evocation of a largely vanished world, distinguished by its ripe, vigorous language and by a moving portrait of a troubled, decent man. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descripción Picador 1998-08-15, 1998. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Like New. FIRST PICADOR EDITION 1998 - FULL NUMBER LINE The pages of this books are clean and unmarked. There is very little shelf wear. Nº de ref. de la librería 095861
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