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Everyone loved him. If you knew Billy at all, then you loved him. The late Billy Lynchs family and friends, a party of 47, gather at a small bar and grill somewhere in the Bronx to remember better times in good company, and to redeem the pleasure of ...

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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6.32 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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Everyone loved him. If you knew Billy at all, then you loved him. The late Billy Lynchs family and friends, a party of 47, gather at a small bar and grill somewhere in the Bronx to remember better times in good company, and to redeem the pleasure of a drink or two from the miserable thing that a drink had become in Billys life. 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 Lynchs life, ones own relentless affection for him, without saying at some point, There was that girl. The Irish girl. And one cant help but think that the real story of his life lay there.

Winner of the 1998 National Book Award

A few words about book's author

Alice McDermott is the author of seven novels, including Someone, That Night, After This, Child of My Heart, and At Weddings and Wakes. That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This were all finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. She is the Richard A. Macksey Professor for Distinguished Teaching in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.


Alice McDermotts latest novel, Charming Billy (1998), which won the National Book Award, tells the tragic story of the late Billy Lynch within the complex matrix of a tightly knit Irish American community. The New York Times Book Review praised the book as eloquent and heartbreaking, and Kirkus Reviews called it a softly resonant and nostalgic tale told masterfully. Her first novel, A Bigamists Daughter (1982), was published to wide acclaim. That Night (1987), her second novel, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, and for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In his cover review for The New York Times Book Review, David Leavitt called That Night an original, a work that revels in a rich, discursive prose style that belongs entirely to Alice McDermott. A film version of That Night was produced by Warner Bros. and released in the spring of 1992. At Weddings and Wakes (1992), her third novel, became a New York Times bestseller. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times praised McDermotts rich, supple prose and Bruce Bawer called At Weddings and Wakes a haunting and masterly work of literary art in his review for The Wall Street Journal. McDermott received her B.A. in 1975 from the State University of New York at Oswego, and her M.A. in 1978 from the University of New Hampshire. She has taught at the University of California at San Diego and American University, has been a writer-in-residence at Lynchburg and Hollins Colleges in Virginia, and was lecturer in English at the University of New Hampshire. Her short stories have appeared in Ms., Redbook, Mademoiselle, and Seventeen. The recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, McDermott is currently writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband, a neuroscientist, and three children. Author biography courtesy of NYS Writers Institute.

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