Great book by the author of Rich Man Poor Man.
It is 1968, the end of the saga of Tom Jordache, the murdered hero of Rich Man, Poor Man. In the ship he had captained, now piloted by his son, Wesley, are Kate, his wife of five days, his brother and sister, Rudolph Jordache and Gretchen Burke, and his best friend and partner, Bunny Dwyer.
Beggarman, Thief, begins with a father to be avenged, lives to be continued in one way or another, careers to be fashioned, guilt to be atoned for, hatred to wound, and love to heal.
Book Description: "Wesley, haunted by his father's murder, begins a strange and deeply personal quest; Billy becomes involved with a girl who leads him into unexpected dangers; Gretchen finds new challenges and experiences a remarkable twist to her life. Moving between Europe and America, BEGGARMAN, THIEF is a brilliant novel chronicling the fortunes of one family - the joys, sorrows, successes and failures. This is not only the gripping sequel to Irwin Shaw's bestselling RICH MAN, POOR MAN, but also an outstanding novel in its own right."