Charming Billy

Charming Billy

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The late Billy Lynch's family and friends gather at a small bar and grill in the Bronx to remember better times. His widow, Maeve, is there and everyone admires the way she is holding up, just as they always admired the way she cared for Billy after the alcohol had ruined him. But one cannot think of Billy without saying at some point, 'There was that girl'. On Long Island one summer years ago, Billy fell in love with a beautiful Irish girl working for a wealthy Park Avenue family. Billy wanted to marry Eva, but then she went back to Ireland. And then Billy's cousin Dennis had to break the terrible news: Eva had died of pneumonia. Billy never got over it. Anybody who knew him would tell you so. Billy began courting Maeve not long after, but for the rest of their lives, he, she and Dennis shared a hidden, twisted grief.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 111 x 178 x 19mm | 164g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Export and UK open market ed
  • 074756437X
  • 9780747564379

Review quote

'McDermott takes on the stereotype she has described as 'the lovable Irish drunk' and turns it inside out...showing that the more familiar a story, the harder its truth is to grasp...A constantly surprising and involving novel' HARPERS & QUEEN 'A masterpiece of subtle, oblique storytelling, in which what's left unsaid resonates as much as what's said' TIME OUTshow more

About Alice McDermott

Alice McDermott is the author of At Weddings and Wakes, a New York Times bestseller; That Night, shortlisted for the National Book Award; and A Bigamist's Daughter. She lives with her family near Washington.show more