Charming Billy (Paperback)
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. Alice McDermott's striking novel, "Charming Billy," is a study of the lies that bind and the weight of familial love, of the way good intentions can be as destructive as the truth they were meant to hide.
"Charming Billy" is the winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Fiction.
About the Author
Alice McDermott is the author of seven novels, including "Someone, " "That Night, After This, " "Child of My Heart," and "At Weddings and Wakes." "That Night," "At Weddings and Wakes," and "After This" were all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. She is the Richard A. Macksey Professor for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.