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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin USA
Publication date December 1, 2002
Pages 608
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780142001738
ISBN-10 0142001732
Dimensions 0.50 by 5 by 7.75 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ironweed recreates the trials and tribulations of Albany life between world wars by following Roscoe, chief architect of Albany's notorious political machine, as his attempts to quit politics forever are thwarted by new political wars, a mysterious death, self-destructive party feuds, and shocking threats to his beloved and her family. Reprint.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780670030293 Book cover for 9780786240388
 
Large print edition from Thorndike Pr (May 1, 2002)
9780786240388 | details & prices | 520 pages | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 1.40 lbs | List price $30.95
About: It's V-J Day, World War II is finally over, and Roscoe is quitting politics after twenty-six years as chief brainstruster of Albany's notorious Democratic machine.
from Viking Pr (January 1, 2002)
9780670030293 | details & prices | 291 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $24.95
About: Roscoe, the chief architect of Albany's notorious political machine between the two world wars, attempts to quit politics, but he is thwarted by new political wars, a mysterious death, and self-destructive party feuds.
Paperback
Book cover for 9780142001738 Book cover for 9780743220743
 
New edition from Gardners Books (September 1, 2003)
9780743220743 | details & prices | 320 pages | 5.25 × 7.50 × 1.25 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $13.15
About: It's V-J Day, World War II is finally over and Roscoe is quitting politics after 26 years as chief brainstruster of Albany's notorious Democratic machine.
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Reprint edition from Penguin USA (December 1, 2002)
9780142001738 | details & prices | 608 pages | 5.00 × 7.75 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $16.00
About: Roscoe, the chief architect of Albany's notorious political machine between the two world wars, attempts to quit politics, but he is thwarted by new political wars, a mysterious death, and self-destructive party feuds.

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