Charming Billy

Charming Billy

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"Billy Lynch's family and friends have gathered to comfort his widow, and to pay their respects to one of the last great romantics. As they trade tales of his famous humor, immense charm, and consuming sorrow, a complex portrait emerges of an enigmatic man, a loyal friend, a beloved husband, an incurable alcoholic."--
Publisher: New York : Picador Modern Classics/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014
Edition: First Picador Modern Classics edition
Copyright Date: ©1998
ISBN: 9781250058324
1250058325
Branch Call Number: FIC MCDERMO 2014
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 22 cm

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ChristchurchLib Mar 28, 2016

When the late Billy Lynch's relatives and friends gather together to keep his memory alive, stories are woven and memories relived detailing his life in the close Irish-American community and the intricate feelings that resurface

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 06, 2014

A beguiling story that begins at the end of Charming Billy’s life. This mythi Irish-Catholic sustains a yearning for his early lost love, Eva, and drowns his memories in whiskey and a rebound marriage to Maeve, a loving compromiser who embraces her Billy with deep affection, foibles and all. Your heart aches for each of the characters as the truth of their lies and loves are revealed.

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SarahWenig
Oct 09, 2013

This book haunts me. It gave me vivid insights of the Boston Irish Catholics I've worked with on local political campaigns, in Boston City Hall, and one I fell in love with. Can't live with 'em, wouldn't want to live without them. Excellent. Just perfect as far as I'm concerned.

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GrumpyDave
Dec 11, 2010

1998 National Book Award - Fiction

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