Novel by John Cheever, published in 1977.
Ezekiel Farragut, descended from a wealthy, aristocratic New England family that fell on hard times, by the age of 48 is confined to Falconer State Prison in Connecticut for the murder of his older brother Eben, who had taunted him with being their parents' unwanted child. In prison he is cured of his drug addiction but becomes involved homosexually with another inmate, Jody, until his friend escapes. Some time later a cellmate dies. Farragut removes the body from its shroud, zips himself in its place, and upon being carried out of the prison faces his future with a fearless sense of freedom.
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John Cheever (1912—1982) American short-story writer and novelist