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In 1938, in the midst of the Great Depression, Francis Phelan former professional baseball player, part-time gravedigger, and full-time vagabond returns to his native city of Albany, from which he had run away 22 years prior after an unfortunate accident. He is accompanied by Helen, an alcoholic drifter with whom he has shared his life for years now. Upon his return, memories and ghosts from a violent past haunt him at every turn. His reunion with his family, with people and places that witnessed his upbringing, contrasted with his 20 years of marginalized and tormented existence, make Francis feel, for the first time in his life, that redemption is possible.En 1938, en plena Gran Depresion, Francis Phelan ex jugador profesional de beisbol, sepulturero a tiempo parcial y vagabundo a dedicacion completa vuelve a su ciudad natal, Albany, de la que se habia marchado hace 22 anos tras un desgraciado accidente. Le acompana Helen, una errabunda alcoholica con la que comparte su vida desde hace anos. A su regreso, los recuerdos y los fantasmas de un pasado violento lo asedian en cada esquina. El reencuentro con su familia, con los paisajes y personas que le vieron crecer, y el contraste de todo ello con sus 20 anos de existencia marginal y atormentada, hace que Francis sienta por primera vez en su vida que la redencion es posible."
1. "Rich in plot and dramatic tension . . . It is almost Joycean in the variety of rhetoric it uses to evoke the texture and sociology of Albany in the 1930s" --"New York Times", on the English-language edition
2. "Rich in plot and dramatic tension . . .It is almost Joycean in the variety of rhetoric it uses to evoke the texture and sociology of Albany in the 1930s" New YorkTimes, on the English-language edition"
3. "A powerfully affecting work, abounding in humor and heartbreak." Chicago Tribune Bookworld, on the English-language edition"
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