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 in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Redbook and elsewhere.
Praise for Charming Billy…
"A luminous and affecting novel."--The New York Times "Alice McDermott demonstrates anew that she is a writer in a league all her own."--People "An exquisitly rendered potrait . . . tales overlap tales in a singsong pattern of Irish-American brogue and family history."--Entertainment Weekly "An astoundingly beautiful novel about the persistence of love, the perseverance of grief, and all-but-unbearable loneliness, as well as faith, loyalty, and redemption."--Philadelphia Inquirer "Taut and beautifully written . . . Each distinct atom of reality splits under McDermott's artisan hammer and releases a world of wild, lost particles: charm, for example, and others the physicists have not yet invented, such as grief, comedy, even happiness."--Los Angeles Times "This is fiction as good as it gets."--USA Today "Haunting . . . mesmerizing . . . McDermott is an enormously skilled and assured writer who transforms the ordinary into something resonant and magical."--Cleveland Plain Dealer "[A] rueful shrug of a novel whose strong, shrewd opening pages should be taught in college writing classes."--Time