Charming Billy: A Novel (Picador Modern Classics) (Paperback)

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Charming Billy is the winner of the 1998 National Book Award for Fiction.

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.

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.

About the Author


Alice McDermott is the author of nine novels, all published by FSG, including Charming Billy, winner of the National Book Award, and That Night, At Weddings and Wakes, and After This, which were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. She is also the author of the essay collection What About the Baby?: Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, and other publications. She lives outside Washington, DC.

Praise For…


“This is fiction as good as it gets.” —USA Today

“A luminous and affecting novel.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“There's no one like Alice McDermott for catching the ebullient particulars of the Irish-American sensibility…her touch is light as a feather, her perceptions purely accurate.” —Elle

“McDermott demonstrates anew that she is a writer in a league all her own.” —People

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



Product Details
ISBN: 9781250058324
ISBN-10: 1250058325
Publisher: Picador Modern Classics
Publication Date: October 7th, 2014
Pages: 256
Language: English
Series: Picador Modern Classics