The Last Hurrah and the Edge of Sadness double novel by Edwin O'Connor, book club edition, 1961
The Last Hurrah:
O'Connor's 1956 account of big-city politics, inspired by the career of longtime Boston Mayor James M. Curley, portrays its Irish-American political boss as a demagogue and a rogue who nonetheless deeply understands his constituents. The book was later made into a John Ford film staring Spencer Tracy. (less)
The Edge of Sadness:
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
In this moving novel, Father Hugh Kennedy, a recovering alcoholic, returns to Boston to repair his damaged priesthood. There he is drawn into the unruly world of the Carmodys, a sprawling, prosperous Irish family teeming with passion and riddled with secrets. The story of this entanglement is a beautifully rendered tale of grace and renewal, of friendship and longing, of loneliness and spiritual aridity giving way to hope.
- two books in one!
- The Last Hurrah and The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O'Connor in a single volume
- book club edition
- hardcover with dust jacket
- a tear in the front of the dust jacket, though otherwise excellent condition