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In a small bar somewhere in the Bronx, a funeral party has gathered to honor Billy Lynch. Through the night, his friends and family will weave together the tale of a husband, lover, dreamer, and storyteller, but also that of a hopeless drunk whose immense charm was but a veil over a lifetime of secerts and all-consuming sorrow.As they comfort his widow, the gentle Maeve, they remember as well his first love, Eva, who died of pneumonia, and whose ghost haunted his marriage and drove him to the bottle. Who is truly responsible for Billy's life and death, and what does it mean to mythologize a friend's suffering?Beautifully written and teeming with fine portraits of Irish-American life in New York, Charming Billy is a masterful novel about how a community can pin its dreams to one man, and how good intentions can be as destructive as the truth they were meant to hide.

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Alice McDermott tells the story of Billy Lynch within the complex matrix of a tightly knit Irish American community, in a voice that is resonant and full of deep feeling. Charming Billy is a masterpiece about the unbreakable bonds of memory and desire. Charming Billy is the winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Fiction.

About the Author

Alice McDermott is the author of six novels. Her articles, reviews and stories have appeared inThe New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Redbook and elsewhere.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781429929707
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
Literary
Author:
McDermott, Alice
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20091124
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
256

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"Synopsis" by , Alice McDermott tells the story of Billy Lynch within the complex matrix of a tightly knit Irish American community, in a voice that is resonant and full of deep feeling. Charming Billy is a masterpiece about the unbreakable bonds of memory and desire. Charming Billy is the winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Fiction.
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