A New York Times Bestselling Author
Winner of the National Book Award
One of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Literary Fiction Picks
A Three-time Pulitzer Prize Finalist
On a dim winter afternoon, a young Irish immigrant opens the gas taps in his Brooklyn tenement, determined to prove to the subway bosses who fired him, to his badgering, pregnant wife "that the hours of his life belong to himself alone." His suicide, though never spoken of, reverberates through many lives testing the limits and the demands of love and sacrifice.