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Charming Billy
Charming Billy
Author: Alice McDermott
In a small bar somewhere in the Bronx, a funeral party has gathered to honor Billy Lynch. Through the night, his friends and family will weave together the tale of a husband, lover, dreamer, and storyteller, but also that of a hopeless drunk whose immense charm was but a veil over a lifetime of secrets and all-consuming sorrow. — As they comfort ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780312429423
ISBN-10: 0312429428
Publication Date: 11/24/2009
Pages: 256
Edition: 1
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Picador
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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reviewed Charming Billy on + 337 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
A graceful tale, an extended wake and reflection on the life of a man. Poignant, well-written characters, can't exactly say it was a pleasure to read but the author is very skilled in helping us see a man's life -- the joys, the despairs, the rejection.
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Helpful Score: 6
Good ol' Irish immigrant story set in NY. The story is beautiful and sad. Floats between the past and the present with each character.
reviewed Charming Billy on + 55 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I actually thought this book dragged on waaay to much. About half-way through the book I realized that I didn't care about the characters.

I don't recommend this book.
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Helpful Score: 4
Book in excellent condition. This story will touch your heart. A secret between friends changes their lives forever. Billy's tragic sorrow juxtaposed against his ability to be generous and charming to everyone he meets makes him a true hero.
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Helpful Score: 3
I couldn't get into this book at all. I found it a little strange and boring. The characters were lame, the topic was weird, the setting was boring and the story didn't seem to grab me. I strated the book about 4 times and honestly couldn't finish the book.
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