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Bing Crosby's Last Song

Bing Crosby's Last Song

A Novel

Lester Goran

Picador

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A novel by the author of The New York Times Notable Book, Tales from the Irish Club

It is June 1968: Robert Kennedy has just been murdered, the streets are simmering with discontent, and the Irish community of Oakland Park in Pittsburgh is being swept away by change. Daly Racklin becomes the reluctant leader of a dying neighborhood, culture, and people. He is at once a man torn by his father's omnipotent shadow and the struggles of his own heart, and as his elevated position brings him from one home to another he increasingly discovers the importance of what he sees disappearing. Bing Crosby's Last Song is a hilarious, touching, heartwrenching story of survival and love, a community's demise and a wanderer's rebirth. Full of barroom lore, hard-bitten wisdom, wry humor, and faith tempered by skepticism, this novel will delight readers of William Kennedy and Frank McCourt.

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Praise for Bing Crosby's Last Song

“Goran has produced what we look for in fiction -- a whole world. This novel will be compared to the work of William Kennedy. But it seems that Goran should be linked more to Don DeLillo, another magician who can produce, all of a piece, what John Cheever called 'the enduring past.'” —Ambrose Clancy, Washington Post Book World

“Goran captures the quality of Irish American speech with a light touch. He has a sure grasp of the world of 30 years ago and is keenly aware of what has been lost.... Goran has done readers a service.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Bing Crosby's Last Song keeps the reader entertained and amused.... Consistently wonderful throughout.” —Susan Miron, Miami Herald

“There is joy, wonder and sadness to spare in this incisive work.... [A] great success.” —Irish Voice

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About the author

Lester Goran

Lester Goran is the author of seven books of fiction, two story collections, and a memoir detailing his friendship with Isaac Bashevis Singer. He grew up in Pittsburgh and is currently a professor of English at the University of Miami.

Lester Goran

Lester Goran

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