Title Profile & Character Information

Ironweed

Annotation
This tale, set during the Depression, tells about Francis Phelan and other inhabitants of skid row in Albany, New York.

Awards
1983  National Book Critics Circle Awards
1984  Pulitzer Prize

Characters
NamePhelan, Francis
GenderMale
OccupationGravedigger
TraitsMarried
Father
Alcoholic
Homeless

NameArcher, Helen
GenderFemale
TraitsAlcoholic
Homeless

GenreFiction
Historical
Domestic
Sociological
TopicsDeath of a child
Family tragedy
Guilt
Accidental deaths
Homeless
Alcoholism
Abandoned families
Grief
Loss
Great Depression
Fathers and sons
Fatherless families
Forgiveness
Friendship
Life choices
SettingAlbany, New York
New York