For u003cbu003eWilliam Kennedyu003c/bu003e fans, Albany conjures up a tapestry of great beauty and complexity in which the lives of an Irish American family are woven. Earlier Albany novels, including u003cbu003eIronweedu003c/bu003e, a Pulitzer Prize-winner, whetted our appetites. Now u003cbu003eVery Old Bonesu003c/bu003e treats us to one last look at the odd and turbulent Phelans, circa 1958. Stretching the boundaries of life as the Phelans know it, this powerful work flows back and forth in time, riding on the melody of its language. Its great theme is the promise of redemption for those who seek it.