Charming Billy

Charming Billy

Book - 1998
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Everyone loved Billy Lynch, especially his widow Maeve, even after the alcohol had ruined him. His life had been affected irrevocably by a tragic romance with a young Irish girl years before.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c1998
ISBN: 9780374120801
0374120803
Characteristics: 280 p. ; 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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