Charming Billy

Winner, National Book Awards 1998 for Fiction

Charming Billy by Alice McDermott book cover
ISBN 9780374120801
Picador Modern Classics | Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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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.