Moving back and forth between the 1880s and 1912, this sixth novel in William Kennedy s acclaimed Albany cycle follows the lives of Edward Daugherty, a first generation Irish American who will break out beyond Albany as a playwright, and Katrina Taylor, a beautiful, seductive woman with complex attitudes towards life. Their marriage is a passionate one, but a cataclysmic hotel fire changes it into something else altogether. "The Flaming Corsage" evocatively portrays the seething, contradictory impulses of our humanity, lusts and furies that know no bounds of time or place."
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Contains more dramatic events, bright dialogue, and strong characters than most novels twice its length . . . Kennedy s best novel so far.
Absolutely dazzling . . . when this author writes about Albany, N.Y., he is, in fact, holding up a mirror to all of American history . . . [his] fictional terrain can be compared to the Faulknerian South in its complex richness.
"The Washington Post"
Powerful . . . with vivid characterizations, dead-on dialogue and brilliantly imagined scenes . . .his most commanding performance since his prize-winning "Ironweed."
"The New York Times""
William Kennedy, author, screenwriter and playwright, was born and raised in Albany, New York. Kennedy brought his native city to literary life in many of his works. The Albany cycle, includes Legs, Billy Phelan's Greatest Game, and the Pulitzer Prize winning Ironweed.The versatile Kennedy wrote the screenplay for Ironweed, the play Grand View, and cowrote the screenplay for the The Cotton Club with Francis Ford Coppola. Kennedy also wrote the nonfiction O Albany! and Riding the Yellow Trolley Car. Some of the other works he is known for include Roscoe and Very Old Bones.
Kennedy is a professor in the English department at the State University of New York at Albany. He is the founding director of the New York State Writers Institute and, in 1993, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has received numerous literary awards, including the Literary Lions Award from the New York Public Library, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Governor s Arts Award. Kennedy was also named Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters in France and a member of the board of directors of the New York State Council for the Humanities."
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