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Roscoe by  William Kennedy - First Edition - 2002-01-14 - from Kayleighbug Books and Biblio.com

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Roscoe

by Kennedy, William

Condition: Near Fine/Very Good


New York: Viking Adult, 2002-01-14. First Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Very Good. 291 pages; slight scuffing to dust jacket; William Kennedy's Albany is a hard place to be in 1945. The political scene is largely corrupt, and the city seems to be full of criminals and pimps. The sublimely eccentric Roscoe Conway is in love with the beautiful Veronica, whose husband commits suicide. Past and present alternate as the novel explores Roscoe's boyhood, coming of age, young manhood, and present-day existence as a local politician. A New York Times "Editor's Choice" for 2002.

The first novel from William Kennedy in more than five years and universally acclaimed as his most powerful work since the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ironweed , Roscoe shows Kennedy at his very best. It's V-J Day, the war is over, and Roscoe Conway, after twenty-six years as the second in command of Albany's notorious political machine, decides to quit politics forever. But there's no way out, and only his Machiavellian imagination can help him cope with the erupting disasters. Every step leads back to the past-to the early loss of his true love, the takeover of city hall, the machine's fight with FDR and Al Smith to elect a governor, and the methodical assassination of gangster Jack "Legs" Diamond. "Thick with crime, passion, and backroom banter" ( The New Yorker ), Roscoe is an odyssey of great scope and linguistic verve, a deadly, comic masterpiece from one of America's most important writers.




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