Charming Billy

A Novel

Alice McDermott

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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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.

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Excerpt from Charming Billy by Alice McDermott. Copyright © 1997 by Alice McDermott. To be published in December, 1997 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC. All rights reserved.


SOMEWHERE IN THE BRONX, only twenty minutes or so from the cemetery, Maeve found a small bar-and-grill in a wooded alcove set well off the street that was willing to serve the funeral party of forty-seven medium-rare roast beef and boiled potatoes and green beans amandine, with fruit salad to begin and vanilla ice cream to go with the coffee. Pitchers of beer and of iced tea would be placed along the table

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". . . a rueful shrug of a novel whose strong, shrewd opening pages should be taught in college writing classes." --Time

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Alice McDermott

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.

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Charming Billy
A Novel
Alice McDermott

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National Book Awards - Winner, American Book Award Winner

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
November 2009
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ISBN: 9781429929707
ISBN10: 1429929707
280 pages
$9.99

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ISBN: 9781250058324
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November 2009
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ISBN: 9780312429423
ISBN10: 0312429428
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 256 pages
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