"The Flaming Corsage," by William Kennedy. Viking. 209...

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June 09, 1996|By Steve Courtney | Steve Courtney,Hartford Courant

"The Flaming Corsage," by William Kennedy. Viking. 209 pages. $23.95. It is 1895, and playwright Edward Daugherty has married a member of an upper-crust Albany family. His courting of her parents, who hate the match, sets the stage for this novel - courting that leads to betrayal, jealousy, murder, scandal, lust and the slow death of a marriage.

No need to have read anything else by the author, whose characters are reminiscent of those in his other Albany-set books, to follow it and be affected by it.

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