Charming Billy

Charming Billy

Book - 1999
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Billy Lynch's family and friends have gathered at a small Bronx bar. They have come to comfort his widow and to eulogize one of the last great romantics, trading tales of his famous humor, immense charm, and unfathomable sorrow. As they linger on into this extraordinary night, their voices form Billy's tragic story and their mourning becomes a gentle homage to all the lives in their small community fractured by grief, shattered by secrets, and sustained by the simple dream of love.
Publisher: New York : Dell Pub., [1999], c1998.
ISBN: 9780385333344
038533334X
Branch Call Number: MCDERMOT 1999
Characteristics: 243 pages ; 21 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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